Newt Gingrich wrote on Friday that Republicans can expect victories in the fall election, thanks to Democrats and their increasingly radical posture on immigration. “Republicans have the chance to secure a major victory and expand their 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate in the November midterm elections — largely because Democrats are advocating radical, impractical and unpopular immigration positions,” Gingrich wrote in a Friday Fox News op-ed.
The former Speaker of the House wrote that Democrats now stand for unpopular policies such as the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), sanctuary cities, and open borders. A Harvard-Harris Poll from June, he noted, showed that most Americans disagree with Democrats when it comes to their immigration platform. “The results are clear,” Gingrich wrote. “64 percent of registered voters said people who cross the border illegally should be sent back to their home countries. Only 36 percent said they should be allowed to stay. This result doesn’t significantly change when children are involved (61 percent to 39 percent).”
Also, 61 percent of those polled said that border security is inadequate. And 70 percent want the Trump administration to enforce immigration laws. Eighty-four percent want the policies of sanctuary cities to end. Gingrich wrote, “These numbers show how radical and out of sync the central planks of Democratic immigration platform truly are.” He continued, “The elite media is so biased that it is artificially propping up an increasingly radical Democratic Party, while artificially suppressing the issue popularity of the Trump team.”
Republicans should ignore establishment media, Gingrich suggested, and focus on immigration issues throughout this year. Saying that the GOP should highlight the criminality among some illegal immigrants, Gingrich said that the Democrats’ push to abolish ICE is “loony.” The GOP, according to Gingrich, should demonstrate the efficacy ICE has shown in addressing drug cartels and the opioid crisis. “These are winning positions,” Gingrich concluded. “The Democrats cannot win on these issues if Republicans have the courage to ignore the elite media and focus on the American people.”