ABC News recently caught up with noted zoo-enthusiast Newt Gingrich at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to discuss the former Speaker of the House’s two greatest passions: politics and zoo animals. Gingrich, who previously served as host for five of the Citizens United organization’s political documentaries and was famously the recipient of tens of millions of Super-PAC dollars from billionaire Sheldon Adelson, said he thinks the super-rich have too much influence on the democratic process. “We’re in a situation where if you’re really rich, you have an enormous, and I think unfair, advantage,” he said.
So, that’s kind of funny, but in an unintentional way. But Newt also said something that was funny on purpose. And it was actually kind of charming. Asked what his favorite zoo animal was, Gingrich responded:
“Elephants are among my favorites, partly because I’m Republican and partly because I’m big. Elephants make me feel like I’m the right size.”
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