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History has also determined this is what Newt Gingrich looks like before he puts his wig on in the morning.

This is a Thing People Are Discussing, today: smartest being of all time Newt Gingrich declared in an interview that the Palestinian people are “invented” in his grand historical estimation, sort of like how all peoples with their fancy national identities are at one point or another in history also “invented” out of thin air. “Americans,” for example. But let’s not let this latter detail ruin Newt’s main point: why haven’t Palestinians discovered that they are fake yet?

From the NYTimes:

Discussing the origin of the State of Israel in the 1940s, Mr. Gingrich said, according to a transcript: “Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places.”

Such an expert insight on peoples and civilizations, from civilization expert Newt Gingrich! Which is our segue into this screen grab from a delightful collection of Newt Gingrich “doodles” that are part of a hilarious Slate piece investigating the possibility that Newt may actually be clinically insane:

And here is the text, deciphered:

Gingrich—Primary Mission
—Advocate of civilization
—definer of civilization
—Teacher of the rules of civilization
—arouser of those who form civilization
—Organizer of the pro-civilization activists
—leader (possibly) of the civilizing forces.

“Possibly!” Don’t sell yourself short, Newt. [NYTimes/Slate]

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