Even when silent, he says, the majority is watching. They have watched individuals fired for wrong opinions, such as the Boeing executive who was forced to resign after an op-ed he wrote opposing women in the military surfaced — more than three decades after the fact. They also watch when the powerful are forced to offer public apologies for espousing the “wrong” opinions, such as Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, who quickly walked back comments about kneeling for the national anthem.
Gingrich sees this as an opportunity for Trump to draw a contrast between those looking to make a positive social change and others trying to capitalize on unrest to accrue power. “A very simple distinction,” he said by way of example, “is between Black Lives Matter, which is a terrific slogan, and the Black Lives Matter organization, which is a Marxist, anti-American group.”
Trump has already done this to a certain extent. Three days after condemning “a new far-left fascism” during his Mount Rushmore address, he told RCP in the Oval Office that, in fact, “we are in a culture war.” It’s an argument he feels comfortable making. He blended cultural and political appeals in 2016. And Gingrich wants him to do it again, but differently.
Because of “the hostility of the elite media,” Trump has “got to have a more aggressive style than Nixon or Reagan.”