Newt Gingrich unloads on journalist who questions Trump inaccuracies

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at Trump Tower. AP Photo

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at Trump Tower. AP Photo

Washington – “Do you think you’re paid to be a professional provocateur?”

That was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s response to a British journalist asking about the Trump Administration’s decision to deliberately overstate the size of his inauguration crowd.

Our AJC colleague Ryon Horne was on hand to capture the exchange. Watch it here:


 

“Do you think they lied more than Barack Obama?” the former Georgia lawmaker asked the reporter.

When pressed on whether it was, as Trump said, the largest inauguration crowd ever, Gingrich added:

“It was pretty clear it was a substantially larger crowd than the elite media in the United States wanted to concede,” he said.

He was then asked whether using his first full day as president to make inaccurate statements. Gingrich claimed a “new double standard.”

“Barack Obama routinely said things that were false. The entire Benghazi narrative was false,” he said, adding: “I didn’t hear anyone in the media suddenly say, ‘Oh my gosh, what a terrible thing that Barack Obama lies to us.'”

Gingrich was one of Trump’s most vocal surrogates during the GOP primary, and emerged as a contender for Secretary of State in November before pulling himself out of the running. He has no formal role with the Trump White House, although he has pressed the president to make him a “senior planner” who will target wasteful spending.

Echoing Trump’s comments about a “running war with the media,” Gingrich cast the beginning of the Trump presidency as a “deep struggle with an elite media which loathes him, voted against him, is horrified by him, and will lie about him every chance they get.”

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Danny Horton
Danny Horton

Trump is the only one shoveling out FAKE NEWS

Val Larzelere
Val Larzelere

Why would anyone believe this fool? He has no morals- no beliefs.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

Pay No Attention to the man behind the curtain of Conservative Revolution 2.0. The agenda as ever, Privatize all Profits and Socialize all losses.

Tray Turner
Tray Turner

Why is this man still relevant....he is a dinosaur.

Martha Loyless
Martha Loyless

Don't ever, ever, ever look for Newt Gingrich to speak truth. His wife is standing behind him. She needs to keep eyes on him at all times.

Rex Clemones
Rex Clemones

I remember him when he taught at WGA in 1979.He was creepy then,just not as big as he is now.

Terri Oeland Mobley
Terri Oeland Mobley

White male privilege. Don't know about everyone else, but i heard an awful lot about the Benghazi disaster, because it was, no two ways about it. But for Newt to say no one heard anything about the lies surrounding Benghazi is another lie, and if not an outright lie, then an alternative fact.

Terri Oeland Mobley
Terri Oeland Mobley

Not my intention Erin. It was tongue in cheek. But youre correct - no more whitewashing it. A lie is a lie is a lie.

Erin Sandlin
Erin Sandlin

Outright lies are alternative facts. Don't softball the Orwellian rhetoric.

Erin Sandlin
Erin Sandlin

Terri Oeland Mobley oh, I picked up on the playful tone, and giggled. I'm just a bit bumptious in my fact-based humor. It doesn't always translate in text. ;)

William Hopson
William Hopson

Newt's credibility as an ethical person was laid to rest in 1997. Nothing he says should be believed.

Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens

Newt is awesome. I miss his press conferences when he was speaker.

Clarence Garrett
Clarence Garrett

The political bus he drove went off the cliff, I'm not sure why he is still relevant.

Arlie Rufus
Arlie Rufus

Well those thrice married adulterers have to stick together

Linda Mize
Linda Mize

He is one to talk,look at what he has done,he was so bad for Georgia,hasn't gotten any better only worse...

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

Critize Nest all you want, but he was smart enough to take the house away from democrats and Clinton. Smart enough to force Clinton to the center remember balanced budget, tax cuts and welfare reform. Whose laughing now. ME

Brad Thomas
Brad Thomas

Newt ended up resigning because he got his as whipped Who's laughing now,?

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

Brad Thomas, And Clinton got impeached, disbarred and proven to be a sexual predator and accused Rapists. Me still LAUGHING.

Phil Woodhall
Phil Woodhall

The Newt is 73. He's the walking dead with better make-up and worse odor. If he needs to criticize, let him yell at the mirror.

Tim Pope
Tim Pope

Newt slings Bullpucky, but he never "unloads". There is always plenty more where the first came from. He is the worst kind of crazy, pedantic professor, knowing the facts of history, but drawing the wrong conclusions. I'm ashamed that he lived in Georgia and represented my state and Country in several offices.

Kathleen Connolly Ngo
Kathleen Connolly Ngo

Yes, actually, they are. They are paid to ask the questions. To challenge the lies. To uncover the FACTS. That is EXACTLY what journalists are supposed to do.

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

Gingrich shows the boy how a man delivers conversation.

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

And Gingrich is supposed to be some kind of "intellectual." Maybe he needs to go back to school and figure out what facts are ...

Deborah Smith Author
Deborah Smith Author

I knew Gingrich when he was the brand new House rep in the Clayton County district of Georgia. He always had a small, asian bodyguard with him. A very feminine man or either a somewhat masculine woman. She/he spoke in a low, demure voice. I saw her/him often discreetly rub Gingrich between the legs. This was after he'd left his first wife to pursue his second wife. He seemed very lonely. His asian assistant never appeared with him after Gingrich moved to Cobb County to represent only white people. I suppose their relationship would have been too risky, there. #altfacts

Thomas Adams
Thomas Adams

I agree, why did they make Obama seem like a king?

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

Did he ever explain his own inaccuracies including the helmet head in the background of this picture?

Mike Lindsey
Mike Lindsey

Buy this man a trailer load of chap stick!

Smith Ellen
Smith Ellen

My brother indignantly: "MOM! She told a lie!" Me self righteously: "Well, he lied first!" A description of sibling rivalry tattling at age 5 and 6 1/2 respectively. We got over it ;)

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Dress everybody in brown shirts and Nazi arm badges. We've seen this all before.

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

How dare the press challenge the Alternative facts? Line up for the concentration camps and ovens, Folks. We've seen it all before.

Terri Franssen
Terri Franssen

Good gracious!! Oh my!! I cant even think of how anyone listens seriously to this...

Mehakvelli King
Mehakvelli King

The guy who ran as the Alpha male candidate does a lot of whining and has a lot of "alpha males" who equally whine a lot. Not seeing why people have any confidence in this group