Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has often said that he had fond recollections of working with the Administration of President Ronald Reagan, but Republican insiders are now taking the candidate to task over his claims.
Elliott Abrams, who served as assistant secretary of state in the Reagan Administration, has called Gingrich’s claims like, “I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,” and “we helped defeat the Soviet empire,” and “I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress” misleading at best.
In a feature published by the National Review, Abrams writes:
As a new member of Congress in the Reagan years — and I was an assistant secretary of state — Mr. Gingrich voted with the president regularly, but equally often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to defeat Communism. Gingrich was voluble and certain in predicting that Reagan’s policies would fail, and in all of this he was dead wrong.
Abrams goes on to cite a number of instances when Gingrich—launching rhetorical attack after attack against Reagan—broke “The Eleventh Commandment” that the 40th President popularized: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.