(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says MAGA Republicans are not the greatest threat facing the nation, as Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) opined on Tuesday.
Jeffries, leader of the House Democratic Caucus, said, "The threat right now in this country to the American people are extreme MAGA Republicans. That's the threat. That's the problem. That's the crisis that we confront."
"Well, look, I mean, first of all, for any Democrat from the party that represents big cities to talk about threats without talking about the murders, the rapes, the carjackings, the robberies that their big cities actually have encouraged by releasing people back on the street is nonsense.
"Second, I would argue the greatest threat to America's future is the collapse of our public schools under the domination of the teachers’ unions so that we're not going to be able to compete with China or India or anyplace else if we continue to produce children who can't do math, can't read, can't write, and are propagandized into worrying about their gender in the third grade. I think it's really a crisis.
"So I would be glad to talk to him some day about the real threats and crises."
'Biggest single outcome' of midterms
Gingrich also spoke about the midterm election, where Republicans fell far short of the rosy expectations:
He said Republican control of the House "is the biggest single outcome of this election, and it's a great victory for conservative values."
But Gingrich, stating the obvious, said there's more work to be done by Republicans in solid blue regions of the country:
"Look, I think we need a very thorough evaluation of what worked and what didn't work. We should have won the Senate seat in Nevada. We should have won the Senate seat in Arizona. We should have won the Senate seat in New Hampshire. And I think Mitch McConnell has a lot to answer for, because in those three places, the mismanagement of the Republican establishment cost us at least three Senate seats -- and you could toss in Dr. Oz.
"I love the fact that you're going to follow the whole process of Fetterman coming to Washington. And we'll see how he evolves and how he changes, you know, in between periods of marijuana and whatever else it is he does.
"But the Republican party and Kevin McCarthy's really taking the lead, look at the victory in Oregon, look at the victories in California look at New York and Florida. We're right at the edge of breakout. We've gained seats in the house in (20)20, we've gained seats in the House this year despite the failure of the Senate team, despite what happened with governors.
"And I think that, with the right approach in the next two years, we could have an amazing 2024 by meeting the needs of the American people and drawing the contrast with the failures of Biden and the big government socialists and the woke Democrats."
Gingrich blamed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, "more than any single person," for Republicans losing the Senate.
"He spent $4 million attacking Don Bolduc with despicable ads. Bolduc was a private who became a general. He had five bronze stars. He was a courageous leader, and he was smeared by Mitch McConnell's staff.
“McConnell pulled out of Nevada three weeks before the election, and I think cost us Nevada. He pulled out of Arizona. Fact is, Mitch McConnell runs a Mitch McConnell PAC and then raises the money as though he's going to fight for control of the Senate. He's fighting for Mitch McConnell, not for the Republican Party."