Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich insulted a Capitol Hill reporter after the reporter asked him to comment on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
“What do you think of the Jan. 6 committee,” asked Scott Wong, an NBC News reporter who formerly worked at The Hill. Gingrich during a press scrum at the Capitol on Thursday.
Gingrich shook his head and ignored Wong, moving on to another reporter in the group.
“You have no idea of the committee itself,” the reporter insisted. Gingrich, who is helping House Republicans craft and promote messaging ahead of the upcoming election.
“I think you have a learning disability,” Gingrich said, turning to Wong, who responded by saying “Excuse me?”
“The thing is, I told you three or four times I don’t talk about it,” the former president said, pointing his head and telling Wong to “try the phrase…I don’t talk about it. . ”
Gingrich has been a strong advocate for former President Trump and his congressional allies in recent years. He would have was requested by the selection panel to provide information about his communications with top Trump advisers.
The January 6 committee will hold its next hearing on Wednesday.