Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich devise 'Apprentice'-style plan for poor kids (VIDEO)
Newt Gingrich, who recently criticized child labor laws as 'stupid,' has dreamed up an 'Apprentice'-style plan with Donald Trump that would put 10 'apprenti' from New York City schools to work.
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After the Harvard appearance Nov. 18 in which he criticized child labor laws, Gingrich later tried to elaborate, telling an Iowa audience that poor children have "no habits of working and have nobody around them who works," and aren't used to getting paid "unless it's illegal."Skip to next paragraph
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He has also suggested that children in the poorest schools should be allowed to serve as janitors in those schools to give them work experience, money, and a connection to the school.
The reaction from some quarters has been harsh. "He comes across as a callous Dickensian character in his attitude toward America’s most vulnerable – our poor children," opined New York Times columnist Charles Blow Dec. 2, saying that Gingrich had "reached a new low."
(Mr. Blow also pointed out some fallacies in Gingrich's "facts," including the statement that poor children don't have working adults in their lives.)
And when Gingrich tried to clarify his original comments by saying that "kids shouldn't work in coal mines, kids shouldn't work in heavy industry," Politico noted that that's the sort of statement that "probably falls into the 'if you have to say it ...' category."
Still, Gingrich and Trump emerged from their meeting gushing mutual admiration. Gingrich called Trump "a genuine American icon in his own right." That's in marked contrast to fellow GOP candidate Ron Paul, who is opting out of the Trump-hosted debate this Saturday and called Trump "cutesy."
Gingrich declared himself mystified at Paul's comments criticizing the debate saying, "I'm actually very surprised that one of my friends would have said that."
For his part, Trump was equally enamored of Gingrich. He said he's "a big fan" of the former House speaker, and added that "it's amazing how well he's doing and how it's really resonated with so many people."
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