After weeks' worth of leaked White House schedules revealed that President Donald Trump has spent 60% of the last three months having "executive time," Americans were chiding the President for remaining in the residence to tweet and watch television all day.
As a result, Trump allies are frantically praising the President's productivity, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisting that "the results speak for themselves."
Republican former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took to Twitter to defend the President, citing the working habits of British Prime Minister during World War II, Winston Churchill.
The distortions of the hate Trump movement are never more obvious than in the reaction to the President’s leaked sc… https://t.co/XqU87eKpWD— Newt Gingrich (@Newt Gingrich) 1549282687.0
Presidential schedules(like all leaders) should be based on achievement not activity. Reagan spent every August at… https://t.co/nlzh1RDz7F— Newt Gingrich (@Newt Gingrich) 1549285081.0
Gingrich then promptly resorted to the talking points.
We have continued economic growth,continued wage growth, continued job creation,progress in Chinese trade talks,tra… https://t.co/XumH52fNbV— Newt Gingrich (@Newt Gingrich) 1549285627.0
His assertions on Churchill weren't entirely accurate. The Prime Minister was reported to have slept from 3:00 am to 6:30 am, with a nap from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Unlike Trump, he hardly used 60% of his time in unstructured solitude.
Political analyst Jeff Greenfield pointed this out.
Churchill did not sleep late. He awoke about 7:30, and read newspapers and documents while in bed. More broadly, ap… https://t.co/WBWnQxLvXr— Jeff Greenfield (@Jeff Greenfield) 1549294919.0
What's more, many didn't appreciate the comparison of Trump to one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.
@newtgingrich Churchill fought in WWI and saved Britain during WWII. Trump faked bone spurs to avoid military servi… https://t.co/fZueqmbOJp— TDP (@TDP) 1549316498.0
@newtgingrich Churchill fought nazis Trump defends them.— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1549286804.0
@newtgingrich Churchill was good at his job, and also he wasn't a dimwitted fluorescent tangerine feeb with a tangl… https://t.co/TycyMc8WYc— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1549287396.0
@newtgingrich Your audacity to compare Trump to Churchill makes you an even bigger ignoramus than I originally thou… https://t.co/nsxBOe9d4T— Nancy Lee Grahn (@Nancy Lee Grahn) 1549307516.0
@newtgingrich Churchill didn’t spend most of his day ranting on twitter about stuff he saw on the TV— Venerable Bidet (@Venerable Bidet) 1549287089.0
They had a lot to say regarding the President's accomplishments as well.
They were quick to correct some of those assertions as well.
@newtgingrich You left off record deficit explosion! That will be remembered by those who have to fix it in the future.— Wendy Lueker (@Wendy Lueker) 1549302345.0
@newtgingrich Wage growth? Strengthening NATO? You're just making things up?— Lukas Simonis (@Lukas Simonis) 1549291318.0
@newtgingrich Growth that was brought to the forefront by the previous administration. But, true, I guess 45 could’… https://t.co/2YNAQ4MRZU— J W (@J W) 1549320712.0
@newtgingrich You forgot a few things: “Fighting to strip health care from millions of Americans; -Handing tax brea… https://t.co/o7OebnKtXr— Lula Rodriguez (@Lula Rodriguez) 1549340305.0
Gingrich couldn't get a break after using Churchill to defend the President. Not to mention, Trump himself resents comparisons to Churchill. Maybe Gingrich should have read up on his history first.