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Newt in His Own Words: 33 Years of Bomb-Throwing

Your guide to Gingrich's greatest rhetorical hits.

| Thu Apr. 7, 2011 2:01 AM EDT

1995 Marianne tells Vanity Fair she will "undermine everything" if Gingrich runs for president in 1996. Gignrich tells reporters his wife was "just making the point hypothetically."

1995 Gingrich examines the United States' handling of the conflict in Bosnia and falls back on a familiar refrain: "The UN acts totally impotently and undermines the morale of every law-abiding democracy on the planet. This is the worst performance by the democracies since the 1930s."

1996 Gingrich applies the same analogy to President Clinton's policies in the Middle East, in a speech to the Center for Security Policy: "The democracies are in a greater danger than they have been at any time since [British Prime Minister] Stanley Baldwin lied to the English people about the Luftwaffe and Hitler's Germany."

1998 Gingrich steps down as Speaker, amid ethics complaints and rumors of an extramarital affair. He frames his decision in pragmatic terms: "I'm willing to lead, but I'm not willing to preside over people who are cannibals."

1998 Gingrich divorces Marianne. A later Esquire profile offers a glimpse of the last days, from Marianne's point of view:

Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. "'I can't handle a Jaguar right now.' He said that many times. 'All I want is a Chevrolet.'"

2004 Gingrich tells Fox News that liberal financier George Soros' opposition to George W. Bush might be due to his ties to drug cartels: "[He] wants to spend $75 million defeating [President] George W. Bush because Soros wants to legalize heroin."

2005 Gingrich's latest greatest threat to America is the American Civil Liberties Union. "[I]t's almost as though they were into destruction for its own sake and weakening and undermining America for its own sake." He also labels the group "a consistently destructive organization that is opposed to and undermines the values of most Americans, and takes positions that are consistently weakening the security of the United States."

2006 Asked whether he agrees with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's comments that opposition to the Bush administration's Iraq policy is tantamount to appeasing Hitler, Gingrich responds, "Yes."

2006 Gingrich casts the Bush administration's War on Terror in the kind of sweeping terms he normally reserves for, well, everything else: "We're in the early stages of what I would describe as the third World War."

2007 Gingrich makes the case for war in Iran and Syria by using his favorite analogy: "It makes no sense to have a Holocaust Museum in Washington and yet have no honest assessment of the threat of a 21st century Holocaust."

2007 "We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto." Two years later, Gingrich unveils a new Spanish-language website, The Americano.

2008 Following the presidential election, Gingrich calls for a new era of "tri-partisan" cooperation in Washington.

2008 Gingrich tells Bill O'Reilly that "there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us." The gay and secular fascist movement, Gingrich charges, is "prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it."

2009 On Democratic opposition to the continuing war in Afghanistan, Gingrich breaks out a familiar line: "The last few weeks have been worse than Chamberlain. This is Baldwin in 1935, just willfully blind because he didn't want to tell the British people the truth because it would offend them."

2009 Gingrich compares the Obama administration to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. "I just have this interesting idea of asking [then White House communications director] Anita Dunn if this is her idea of a cultural revolution and if she really wishes that she could get Sean Hannity and the other Fox commentators to go to a farm and work the way Mao sent the intellectuals out."

2010 Gingrich warns that Obama's agenda "would mean the end of America as it has been for the last 400 years."

2010 Gingrich argues that Muslims don't have a right to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan: "They're trying to make a case about supremacy…Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington."

2010 Sign of the times: Gingrich swaps gay secular fascism for "secular-socialist machine"—which he says "represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."

2010 A year after writing a book about noted anti-colonialist George Washington, Gingrich suggests that the current president holds a radical, anti-British worldview of his own. "What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich asks. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."

2010 Gingrich sounds the alarm about a new threat facing America: "We should have a federal law that says Sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States."

2011 Gingrich tells the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody that he was driven to his cheat on his previous two wives because of his one true love: America. "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."

2011 Secular-socialists give way to atheist-Islamists: "I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time [his grandchildren are] my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American." His spokesman later clarified that Gingrich meant either Islamists or atheists would take over America, not both.

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