WHEELING, W.Va. — Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicts Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton soon will be indicted – effectively ending her bid for the Oval Office.
The event will be among many making 2016 “an extraordinary election year,” he told a packed audience at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Troy Theater Tuesday night.
He also believes the eventual Republican nominee will defeat the Democratic nominee in the November general election because the public doesn’t want America to continue in its current direction.
“Whoever walks in in January, it’s going to be a wild ride…” he said. “Whether there is a President Trump, a President Cruz or a President Sanders – it isn’t going to be normal. And America is better off with wild rides than it is with gradual decay.”
Gingrich expounded on this thought while speaking with reporters following his speech.
“I can tell you after a pretty long career – the system is sick,” he said. “Political correctness will destroy this country. There is a secular anti-Christian bias built into our courts and our bureaucracy that will destroy the country. So, which do you think is the greater risk? Going down the road we’re on, or taking the gamble on somebody with enough willpower and toughness to kick us off the road? I think it’s a much smarter gamble to get off the road. It’s going to be a wild and woolly ride.”
And Gingrich said those investigating Clinton’s private emails have increasingly become more aghast as they observe severe security breaches. At the minimum, past members of Clinton’s staff likely will be indicted, according to Gingrich.
“She did things with national security for which we normally lock people up for life,” Gingrich said. “She was doing things that are crazy.”
The FBI has announced the Bureau of Public Corruption has now been brought onto the case.
“There is zero amount of doubt in my mind Hillary will be indicted,” Gingrich said. “There is curiosity then about what the president and the attorney general do. … If the FBI formally recommends indictment, and (Director James B. Comey) is turned down, I have to believe he has no choice but to resign. At that point, there is a media frenzy, you get congressional hearings and the presumption that Obama is covering up. If you’re Barack Obama, do you like Hillary enough to do that? Is that the way you want to end your term?”
Gingrich and wife Callista actually had planned a visit to Wheeling to visit family friend the Most Rev. Michael Bransfield, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, who then asked him if he might speak at WJU while in the city. The Gingriches came to know Bransfield when he served as rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, where Callista has sung in the choir for 25 years.
“He was in many ways her mentor when she was a young singer, and we’re very fond of him,” Gingrich said of Bransfield. “We try to do whatever he asks, which he as a bishop finds appropriate.”
Gingrich also appeared with a fresh visible scar on the left side of his face. He explained during his speech he had recently had a section of melanoma removed, and he encouraged those present to learn from his experience and immediately seek treatment when they see signs of skin cancer.