Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that President Barack Obama’s legacy will vanish because “he didn’t do the hard work of passing legislation” and President-elect Donald Trump will repeal his executive orders.
“What you’re watching is a man who realizes all of a sudden that like 90 percent of his legacy is going to disappear because he didn’t do the hard work of passing legislation, he didn’t reach out to the other side,” Gingrich said. “You watch — starting the opening day when Trump starts to repeal all these executive orders, it’s going to be like one of those balloons that deflates. The Obama legacy is going to this, down to a core to 10 or 15 percent of what he originally did. The rest is all going to disappear within a year.”
Gingrich’s comments were in response to Obama’s recent advice to President-elect Trump, when he said Trump should go through the legislative process, “in part because it is harder to undo.” Obama has said he accepts that Trump will want to reverse some of the executive actions, which is “entirely within his lawful power to do so,” and is a “part of the democratic process.”
Obama has previously expressed skepticism that his legacy achievements can be dramatically rolled back.
Trump has pledged to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama” during his first 100 days in office.
Obama relied heavily on executive orders to enact policy during his second term, after he failed to gain support for the vast majority of his legislative efforts.
Barack Obama issued 269 executive orders between 2009 and 2016.