Newt Gingrich blames patriotism for cheating on his wives

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In “bitch, please” news, former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) has offered up what has to be the most laughable excuse for infidelity I’ve ever heard. For background, Gingrich is currently on his third wife. He left his first wife for his second wife after 19 years while the first wife, who had supported him through graduate school and raised his two daughters, was in the hospital suffering from uterine cancer. He supposedly refused to pay child support or alimony payments to his first wife to the point where the local Baptist church had to take up a collection to help support his family. Then Newt’s second wife, his first jumpoff, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 18 years after he married her. He left her eight months later.

So now that Gingrich is perhaps considering a run for President, he’s giving some far fetched excuse for cheating and leaving wives when they’re ill. (And rumor has it that he didn’t just cheat with his jumpoffs.) In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, he blamed love of country for his misplaced passion.

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Gingrich told CBN’s David Brody, in an interview taped at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition and posted online Tuesday night.

“And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them,” Gingrich said. “I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts hope there’s a forgiving God. Somebody once said that when we’re young, we seek justice, but as we get older, we seek mercy. There’s something to that, I think.”

[From Politico via Vanity Fair]

Newt loved the country and worked so hard he accidentally had affairs right when his wives were ill and needed him most. He then couldn’t be bothered to support the families he left behind. What a great God-fearing bastion of morality he is. Apparently Bill Clinton and John Edwards loved America too.

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  1. Paulina says:

    Republicans, my favourite God-loving hypocrites. I guess God ordered him to cheat on his ill wives and leave them to work for his country.

  2. Melanie says:

    Of course he did, he loves to fuck America! By the way, that Real Houswife of Miami looks like elephant man. Yuck.

  3. Cha Cha Loca says:

    I can’t believe there are women who would have sex with this disgusting lard ass.

  4. mln76 says:

    I think the worst bit is the part where the church had to take up a collection fund for his wife. Men cheat, Politicians cheat more, but starving the mother of your 2 children is just plain despicable.

  5. lucy2 says:

    LOL Cha Cha Loca. Seriously, who was lining up to be with THAT?
    I knew he ditched the one wife while she was very ill, but didn’t realize he done it again to wife #2. Lovely.
    And this twice divorced, thrice married guy who has had multiple extra-marital affairs is against gay marriage rights, isn’t he? Because he must protect the sanctity of marriage, I’m sure.

  6. malachais says:

    What a scary-looking man, young and old. The third wife should be worried because he’ll leave her high and dry if she ever gets sick. What a ridiculously weak excuse.

  7. Rita says:

    The two most intelligent and articulate men in politics of the past 50 years have been Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich. Their command of the facts, ability to present them from their point of view, and respect for another’s opinion is what makes a truly great debate. I’d love to see them go toe to toe for a marathon debate on all the issues.

    That being said, while I highly respect the man’s professional abilities, his personal life is the reason he will never be president, which is the way I think it should be.

    In the interest of full disclosure, Bill Clinton wouldn’t have been impeached and disbarred if he hadn’t lied about his peen vommiting all over an intern’s dress.

  8. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “I can’t believe there are women who would have sex with this disgusting lard ass.”

    I always think the same thing when I see a pic of Limbaugh. he SOOOOOOO gross. money or not, I don’t see how anyone could lick on that.

    and yes, Gingrich is the ULTIMATE hypocrite (like so many repubs are) when it comes to the issue of gay folks getting married, what with the whole “sanctity of the institution of marriage”. how many who oppose it have had multiple marriages? and cheated on their spouse(s)? and had kids with the mistress? UGH…

  9. Delta Juliet says:

    @ mln76
    Not only the mother of your 2 children but the mother of your 2 children who is recovering from CANCER! Ugh what a scumbag.

  10. Lizzie says:

    I can’t believe this man would actually say that, but I also couldn’t believe people were protesting a group of people raising money to help women and hiding it with “because they were fighting for patriotism”. I dislike generalizing groups, but lately Republicans and especially the Tea Party seem a bit unhinged to me. If anyone is ruining the image of this country its them, nobody likes an egotistic, racist, ignorant, hypocrite country. Can we start a petition that forces politicians to take race relations classes along with immigration classes, they might learn that everything they spout off is not backed by social scientist, history or actual empirical data, only by their blind bigotry.

  11. MSat says:

    I thought we got rid of this blowhard ten years ago? More proof that cockroaches can’t die.

  12. Quest says:

    Blame patriotism, blame the women, blame the wives… but for god’s sake don’t blame his presidential dick that just got up every now and again to walk down vadgeville without his knowledge.

    (eyes rolling)

  13. Paulina says:

    Where is Mike Huckabee now? Why doesn’t he call out this idiot for leaving his wives to be single mothers?
    Or is their fault too they were left?

  14. Ron says:

    He is a complete idiot. If he runs, the ads against him will be so easy, a toddler could write them.

  15. Mshuffleupagus says:

    It would be worth it to spend years giving hand jobs to truckers, then begin to turn tricks as a full fledged prostitute, slowly rise in the ranks and become a high payed escort, just to get in a room with Newt Gingrich and stomp on his balls.

  16. Kaboom says:

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. – Samuel Johnson

  17. DGO says:

    John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich – hypocrites.

  18. Dorothy says:

    Pray his current wife stays in great health! @chachaloca-you’d be surprised at the women who would line up to be with him. Yuck!@DGO -as the old time religious folks would say, ya going to hell in a handbasket! (in Edward, Clinton and Gingrich cases, hell might kick them out!)

  19. CB Rawks says:

    Jeezuz. Hopefully no one would EVER vote for this monster who abandons people the minute they get sick. What kind of person could possibly do that? You do not want him to have a say in any aspect of your life, because as long as HE is comfortable, he’ll dump you and your family in the nearest gutter.

  20. Cheyenne says:

    I totally believe it. His ho flashed the goodies and yelled “Ten-SHUN!” and his weenie stood at attention and saluted.

    Sheeyit, I love this country so much I’m gonna go rob a bank to prove it.

  21. Alicia says:

    He was also busy trashing Clinton while he was having an affair himself. Creepy hypocrite are not a strong enough words for this “patriot”.

  22. mln76 says:

    @DGO I don’t think Bill Clinton is in the same category of asshole as Newt or John. He cheated (and still cheats I am guessing) but him and Hilary seem to have an agreement and he was honest about it during his presidental campaign. He never stood up as a moral authority and judged anyone else. And whenever Hilary has needed him there he’s in her corner.
    As for John Edwards he is a slimeball of the first order and I am sort of torn about who is worse.
    Newt was cheating all throughout the Monica Lewinsky scandal when he was trying his best to get rid of Clinton and as mentioned he left his marraiges whenever his wives got sick. John’s despicable behavior speaks for itself.

  23. Nanea says:

    This is why all those outspoken Christian fundamentalist hypocrites like him and that quitter from Alaska annoy me no end.

    With them, it’s always “do as I say”, not “do as I do”.

  24. the_blonde_one says:

    This article could have just as easily been titled:boffing newt will make you sick enough to kill you

  25. Salina says:

    Lizzie you don’t mean to generalize and then you do in hyperbolic fashion lol I’m not a racist and I’m a republican who believes in some tea party ideals concerning fiscal spending.
    That being said he is smart but he’s like John mccain. He left his first wife when she was sick too. It’s pathetic. America needs a president with good character (sorry newt) and the ability to actually listen to the people (sorry obama) in 2012.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Wait, what?

    “And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them,” Gingrich said.”

    Does anyone else find themselves confused by what the f-ck he is saying here? It makes absolutely no sense. His team needs to start trying a little harder with the b/s – this is complete nonsense. Kthanxbye.

  27. mln76 says:

    @Salina you can’t have it both ways. Republicans want to appeal to the extreme right wing and pander to the most xenophobic elements out there with their rhetoric fine. But please don’t come back to middle america and say we’re the ones with the problem. If you aren’t racist than kick out the racists.

    EDIT: Not putting you down as a person or accusing you of being racist just saying that Republicans have to take responsibility for what their party has done/said in the media.

  28. lola lola says:

    Anyone who would vote for this lying cheating slime ball deserves what they get.

  29. Jackson says:

    I agree mln76. Clinton is a cheater but I have no doubt he would be in Hillary’s corner if/when she needs him. The other two….no printable words.

  30. Rita says:

    @anonymous #27

    Read it as a “no excuses” confessional. “Situational ethics”, means he didn’t bend his ethics to excuse or fit the situation. What he’s saying is “I knew it was wrong. I knew what I was doing was wrong and I did it anyway”.

    Actually, it’s the best thing a person can say when one is being self-aware and insightful. However, it also says, “My character is flawed to the extent that I will intentionally do wrong to please myself in the situation.” Realization is a wonderful thing but it’s the character flaw that’s the killer.

  31. Jenny says:

    I get that marriages are complicated so I hate to throw stones. I could almost forgive his divorce of his first wife -until I found out he presented her with divorce papers while she was recovering from cancer surgery. But, they were young when they married, sometimes you do drift apart. Perhaps if he had offered to at least take care of his own kids financially, I might not think he was the biggest tool on the planet.
    Now, onto wife two who was having an affair with him while he was still married to his first wife. Scuzzy. He left wife number two, all the while carrying on an affair with future wife #3, after finding out about wife #2 MS diagnosis. The scumbaggery becomes overwhelming to me.
    I might have been able to cope if had said, “I’m sorry for being a horrible person.” but really? Your patriotism caused you to cheat? Fire your political consultant who told you to say that because that is the dumbest f’ing thing I have ever heard.

  32. Cheyenne says:

    Alicia: He was also busy trashing Clinton while he was having an affair himself.
    ==============================================

    Don’t you just love the pious right-wing congressmen who are out bashing gays while keeping a couple of rentboys on the side?

  33. Kristin says:

    Sounds like Newt should be newtered. ;)

  34. Lizzie says:

    @Salina … I said I dislike it, but not that I would not do it. My main reason for doing it was based on the countless politicians from both parties using bigoted rhetoric (found in countless media stories, propositions, etc.) and basing it on nothing more than their beliefs, rather than empirical evidence, (which proves they are wrong in so many ways and leading many of its uninformed members blindly) from Jan Brewer to the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
    @mln76 “Republicans have to take responsibility for what their party has done/said in the media.” – Agree.

  35. Melanie says:

    @31 Rita: I love you in so many ways, but I truly admire your politician to english translation ability the most.

  36. Jules says:

    Not only did he present divorce papers to his first wife while she was recovering from cancer surgery, he also told her that she was too old to be first lady. The ‘man’ is a douche. Straight up dbag.

  37. Minx2 says:

    Let’s not throw Clinton in the same bag. So he let an overeager intern blow him and lied about it (what man wouldn’t?) but it’s not like abandoning one’s wife when seriously ill or not supporting one’s kids. Bill Clinton always had trouble keeping his peen in his pants (while women threw themselves at him) but he does not belong in the category of scumbags like Newt or John Edwards. Please.

  38. lmp says:

    The difference is, even with this background, a republican can run for president. They wouldn’t let obama get away with something like this. They completely ignored MaCain’s first wife. But they were demanding the divorce agreements from John Kerry. And yet its the Republicans that run on family values. Aint that some shit?

  39. garvels says:

    With regards to politicians I could care less about what they do in their personal lives. I think in general all politicians are morally flawed-some just get caught and some just have better PR teams. I only care about their policies and how those policies will move the country forward from an economic vantage point. I thought the whole Clinton Lewinsky thing was overplayed. Clinton was an idiot for getting caught but people shouldn’t forget it was the Clinton-Gingrich relationship and policies that created a very prosperous time in the U.S.A.

  40. DGO says:

    @ mln76: Bill Clinton is worse in many ways, because he waged a war in order to detract from his affair with Monica Lewinsky. At least Newt Gingrich didn’t kill anyone.

    That said, anyone who screws around on a sick or dying partner, is scum, politician or not. We had this neighbour who was cheating on her MS husband and abusing him badly. I don’t know how he stood it. Last I heard, they’re still together, although she won’t agree to sell their two storey house even though he can no longer take stairs.

  41. maggiegrace says:

    He is a dick and I loathe him.

  42. e.non says:

    dgo — well, that’s a new one … lol ‘waged a war for a blow job’

    gingrich is pigshit — always has been; always will be. and amazing how his god is a forgiving god — at least for him; not so much anyone else.

    and what’s so damned funny is how those ohso christian-types line up behind him — or the lying huckster from arkansas.

  43. Paulina says:

    DGO: I think you confuse the film Wag the Dog with reality.

  44. Melanie says:

    If he really loved his country he would be a decent human being and take care of his family when they needed it instead of having other Americans pick up the slack. And I’ve got to say, while infidelity is terrible, it takes it to a whole other level when he cheats on his wife and then refuses to at the very least ensure her and his children’s financial security. What a sleazy scumbag.

  45. Jennifer says:

    As long as he says he asked God for forgiveness the naive in this country will forgive him for being such a prick.

  46. nicca says:

    With as ‘busy’ as he’d be being president can you imagine the aides he’d HAVE to screw? Wow what an idiot he is.

  47. anne_000 says:

    so if his judgment gets warped when he’s working hard for the country, then why should people elect him as president? wouldnt that just exacerbate his mental shortcomings?

    btw, newt was the 1st speaker of the house to have been disciplined for ethics violation. he ended up paying $300,000 in fines. i guess we know the excuse he’s going to use for why this happened too…

  48. mia girl says:

    @lmp The reason some Republicans politicians live in moral cognitive dissonance and feel they can call “Others” to task is because Republicans have branded themselves the party of “God” so, God is on THEIR side, he will forgive THEM.

    But when you live like a Democrat elite heathen well then you are not entitled to the same forgiveness and thus, you must answer to all GOD fearing folks for your sins.

    It’s akin to old time pious folks dragging others into the public square… for the very sins they are guilty of. With all their quoting from the Bible, many Republican politicians never seem to register “He without sin … cast the first stone”

  49. louise says:

    I knew Newt cheated on his wives but I didn’t know that they were both sick at the time. I can’t believe he refused to take care of his own kids. What slime.

  50. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Of course God will forgive his patriotic dick for being enticed and falling into ungodly, temptress whores – who, no doubt, will burn in hellfire for corruption of such a righteous man.

    Up next, Charlie Sheen declared sane by Dr. Drew.

  51. Westcoaster says:

    Morals and politics aside, Clinton and Edwards are at least good looking men(cheaters, but not bad looking). But Newt Gingrich? How any woman would want to wake up next to that I will never understand. Hopefully the way he treated his first two wives will come back to haunt him one day in the future. He deserves to end up alone.

  52. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @Rita, well said and succinctly put.

  53. spotchecker says:

    if bill clinton had ever left his family, hillary would’ve had to hide the body. this of course, would’ve had absolutely in no way interfered with her future run[s] for president, or current job as secretary of state.

    @ #41 garvels

    the reason that the clinton-gingrich combo worked was b/c of the rise of the information economy, which included manufacturing as well as the financial industry first taking advantage of creating a secondary bubble. this all got played into the housing crisis, which went on longer than it should’ve b/c of the wars, esp. iraq. newt has a lot of ideas, most of them blow chunks almost as big as his head, which is enormous.

    @ 42 DGO

    clinton was the first to bring up bin laden, actually. and the repubs were idiots for not paying attention to the future youth bubble in the mideast, which is now the source for all the rebelling there, b/c they have access to technology created during the clinton admin. [see above @ garvels]. had the repubs thought about using power wisely, and been way more professional @ growing our global markets than only thinking about sex [little porkers themselves, apparently], they would’ve seen these future market opportunities instead of just whining about blow jobs and tax breaks for the oil industry. and wasting my taxpayer dollars on all that b.s.. [and for the umpteenth time, clinton didn't 'kill' anyone. get over it.]

  54. original kate says:

    i don’t care about politicians who have affairs (as long as everyone involved are consenting adults); that is their private business and i couldn’t care less. but the way newt treated his wives is beyond cruel and says something about who he is – an unethical, selfish piece of shit with no moral compass and yet has the balls to tell others how to live. “family values” indeed! newt can suck it.

  55. Cha Cha Loca says:

    I guess Joan Rivers is right, as long as a guy has a couple of bucks in his pocket and or fame it dosen’t matter how big a pig he is, there will always be some big bimbo who will bang him.

  56. xxodettexx says:

    “Newt loved the country and worked so hard he accidentally had affairs right when his wives were ill and needed him most. He then couldn’t be bothered to support the families he left behind. What a great God-fearing bastion of morality he is. Apparently Bill Clinton and John Edwards loved America too.”

    this and the vast majority of amazingly accurate comments on here are why i love coming back here day after day! :)

  57. Chrissy says:

    Sorry, Newt. You’ll never, ever have my vote or support. You had my support during your “Contract with America” phase but you let everyone down. Enjoy the latest wife!!! I can’t fathom that any other woman will EVER want you!

  58. Lentil says:

    Has anyone seen ‘In the Loop’? This reminds me so much of that – albeit in different circumstances.

    “Toby, did you just say that you had sex to stop the war?”

  59. Lee says:

    I’m a Republican…I would NEVER vote for him and even campaign against him….SCUM…

  60. Ally says:

    Stephen Colbert had a great line on this d0uche:
    “Republican presidential hopeful and adult cabbage patch doll.”

    Yeah, cheating is one thing. Leaving your spouse (2!) when they’re critically ill is a whole special circle of hell for Newt to look forward to.

    Also, he’s not actually running for president yet. The way his ‘campaign’ is set up right now, he doesn’t have donation limits or disclosure obligations. He’s just using a pretend-campaign (even he knows he’s unelectable) to scam money out of dopes. Rachel Maddow has been doing great coverage of his regular day job scam, where he gives you an Award! in exchange for $5000:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgpYduiMQUg
    He’s so thorough in his vetting, he offered to award it to a strip club.

    Btw, this is exactly what Sarah Palin wil do with her 2012 ‘campaign’ too. She has no interest in governing (as she proved by quitting her actual governor job); she will just use the attention of her pretend campaign to raise a bunch of money and her asking price for future speeches.

  61. Raven says:

    Now I’m just waiting for Sean Hannity to blame Newt’s cheating on Obama, and then we’re set!

  62. Ruby says:

    That’s one the things I love about America- your “holier-than-thou” attitude your politicians have. I mean as an aussie at least our prime minister does not try to be anything more than a bogan (a redneck in US terms). I was embarrassed when she addressed congress, crying like a groupie. Isn’t it a shame our democratically elected representatives are morons.

  63. Mtn Girl says:

    Poor Newt Gingrich, the devil made him do it, and so the stupidity goes.

  64. spotchecker says:

    http://tv.gawker.com/#!5780871/watch-stephen-colberts-awesome-newt-gingrich-slam

    “”Tonight, Stephen Colbert discussed probable Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Colbert noted that Gingrich must “explain his past positions; specifically, why those positions were so often on top of women who weren’t his wife.” That was just the beginning.”"

    enjoy. and #61, Ruby, stop bragging: http://gawker.com/#!5780709/if-women-can-have-abortions-then-why-cant-rand-paul-buy-a-decent-toilet imagine that! comparing fetuses…i mean children, to light bulbs. no wonder they cut the funding for pregnant women and children to balance the budget. your country isn’t even close.

  65. southerncheerleader says:

    Well, if he becomes PREZ, he’ll need how many women???

    CAuse being PREZ requires more PATRIOTISM / WORK than a Congressman.

    Pack up the girls & send them over to Pennsylvania Avenue, once old Newtie becomes Prez.

    It’s all in the name of our COUNTRY.

  66. Canuck says:

    So this guy has a track record of cutting and running when things get tough, yet he thinks he’s Presidential material? Slimeball.

  67. Pirouette says:

    Isn’t this the guy who said women shouldn’t fight in the military because their vaginas are inherently dirty and would get infected? I think it is.

  68. Flan says:

    When a woman works hard to raise her children alone, they attack her.

    But when they totally ABANDON a child, it is patriotism. Disgusting as always.

  69. original kate says:

    @ ruby (#64): “bogan” is now my new favorite term.

  70. TaylorB says:

    I can’t understand why Newt suddenly thinks running for POTUS is a good idea, there is no way in h*ll he could win that man carries more baggage than Delta. The only thing I can figure is that he is padding his coffers with donations or that he actually is out of his mind.

  71. Laura says:

    I don’t have a HUGE problem with Clinton, really. As someone above said, I don’t care if politicians have affairs so long as it’s consensual and no tax dollars are spent keeping the mistresses (oh, and if they don’t disappear for a week unexplained to go on vacation with their mistress).
    But as long as we’re bashing Republicans for cheating while gay bashing (a problem I acknowledge as a right-leaning independent), let’s not forget who was behind DADT and the Defense of Marriage Act.

  72. And he really thinks running for president is a good idea? Than maybe O.J. Simpson also has a shot!