House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday that he is in agreement with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that more than 30 of the chamber's Democrats may retire before the year is out, in light of the constraints lawmakers are under.
"First of all, the House under Nancy Pelosi is not a very happy place, with all the COVID restrictions, all the voting by absentee, all the different things they are doing, the masking, the police requirements," Gingrich said. "Members get corrected walking on the floor. I walked on the floor recently and I was astonished that to get on the floor of the House, you go through sort of a TSA system with a policeman watching you, as though you are some subservient person who is a danger to your colleagues."
He added that he believes Democrats are looking ahead and have concerns about being in the minority.
His comments come after McCarthy, R-Calif., said this weekend that in 2010, when Republicans won the majority, 17 Democrats retired, but now, there are already 25 leaving and he believes there will be more than 30 "because they see what the future holds."
McCarthy also said this weekend that Republicans are seeking to secure the border, and Gingrich said he's glad the minority leader "transferred immediately to real issues, real substance."
"Controlling the border is a big, big deal," Gingrich said. "[Immigrants] weren't checked for COVID or criminal records. They could be in your neighborhood and you have no idea. The Biden administration is shipping people around the country. But it's deeper than that. we had 100,000 people die last year from drug overdoses. We have an amazing number, a tragic number of suicides. We have a mental health problem that exhibits itself in homeless towns."
Gingrich went on to say that he believes that under the leadership of McCarthy as House Speaker, "the Republicans are going to have serious hearings looking at the big issues that affect our lives, as well as going through the stuff you have to do just to uncover all the bad stuff the Democrats did. I think you have got to have both things."