Speaking on WABC 770 AM radio show, “The Cats Roundtable,” former House Speaker, Republican Newt Gingrich (Ga.), described President Joe Biden as a “weak” commander-in-chief but acknowledged that there were “enormous powers” working in favor of incumbent President’s to win reelection.
Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis that incumbents are typically difficult to defeat in their party’s nomination, but he argued that Biden is causing a global lack of trust in the United States.
Gingrich asserted that Biden being a “very weak President who doesn’t understand that [the U.S. has] real enemies” and has plenty at stake, leaders around the world realized that America is very untrustworthy.
The former House Speaker pointed to the “chaos” of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, where the Taliban managed to capture the country in a few days in August 2021, as an example of U.S. weakness.
But he also noted, citing historical examples, that challengers typically fail to upset incumbent Presidents.
“Incumbent Presidents have tremendous power,” Gingrich explained.
He pointed to President Gerald Ford winning the Republican nomination in 1976 over future President Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter’s ability to fend off a primary challenge from Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 1980.
So far, Biden doesn’t have any strong Contenders in the Democratic race.
Marianne Williamson, an unsuccessful 2020 Presidential candidate and self-help author, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a longtime anti-vaccine activist and the son of former senator and attorney general, are the only two on the Democratic primary ticket.
Both are long-shot Candidates.