This weekend saw former Georgia congressman and 2012 Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich take on conservative critics of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away days ago at the age of 95.
In a Gingrich Productions post, the former House Speaker turned Crossfire host stated he was “surprised by the hostility and vehemence of some of the people who reacted to me saying a kind word about a unique historic figure.”
Gingrich had previously issued a video statement following Mandela’s passing.
The post goes on to offer a vigorous defense of Mandela and the path he charted, challenging critics to state what they would’ve done and saying “some of the people who are most opposed to oppression from Washington attack Mandela when he was opposed to oppression in his own country.”
He writes further that “Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison as an astonishingly wise, patient, and compassionate person,” and that “far from behaving like a communist, President Mandela reassured businesses that they could invest in South Africa and grow in South Africa. He had learned that jobs come from job creators.”
Gingrich, who now resides in Virginia, represented Georgia in Congress for almost two decades and won the Peach State’s GOP primary in 2012.