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Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump Is “The Candidate That ‘Fox & Friends’ Invented”

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Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump Is “The Candidate That ‘Fox & Friends’ Invented”


Newt Gingrich unloaded at the Fox News morning chat show on Monday, for the role that TV hosts have played in giving Donald Trump an easy platform for his candidacy. The Fox hosts actually mounted a decent rebuttal, illustrating how other campaigns have failed to exploit the media as effectively as The Donald has.

Fox & Friends Co-host Steve Doocy asked Newt what the Republican establishment is doing now about the rise of Trump: “This is their nightmare scenario. What are they trying to do?

“Oh, I think they live in a fantasyland right now,” Gingrich said bluntly. “Donald Trump is tapping into something in the country that’s real. And if you take Trump’s vote, and Cruz’s vote, and Carson’s vote, the three outsiders, they are once again at about 62 percent in South Carolina. And they have been consistently above 60 percent everywhere in the country, if you pool together all of the insurgents. And there’s a message there: People believe the country’s decaying; they believe Washington is the heart of that decay. They want somebody who’s gonna kick over the table and change Washington. That’s why Cruz has done so well, and it’s why Trump has done so well.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade chimed in. “What’s interesting is, I remember Mitt Romney, one of his great advantages was money, and that’s why a lot of you guys couldn’t keep up,” Kilmeade said, which got Newt laughing. He continued: “This time, the billionaire is spending the least amount of money, and running away with this thing.”

“Wow,” Newt said, in a suddenly stern tone, “But that’s because of you guys.”


“Look, that’s because of you guys,” Newt explained. “Donald Trump gets up in the morning, tweets to the entire planet at no cost, picks up the phone, calls you, has a great conversation for about eight minutes — which would’ve cost him a ton in commercial money. And meanwhile his opponents are all out there trying to raise the money to run an ad — nobody believes the ad.”

Kilmeade then felt the need to defend himself from the charge of building up Trump — and indeed, he offered a good critique of how other candidates simply didn’t embrace the free media strategy in the same way as Trump.

“Well I mean, people make decisions. Newt, people make decisions,” Kilmeade said. “Mitt Romney made a decision — for three months he wouldn’t do us at all. I mean, people decide — for a while, Jeb Bush wouldn’t hop on any television at all.

“Oh, I know,” Gingrich responded.

“Hillary Clinton didn’t do anything in the beginning. Donald Trump from day one made himself available to big and small — it paid off.”

Doocy added: “Plus, he’s invented scenarios where suddenly he’s got all this free media. You know, that pope thing at the end of the week? Who wasn’t talking about that?

Next got accusatory again: “Look, you could say that Trump is the candidate Fox & Friends invented. He was on your show I think more than any other show.”

“Every Monday,” Doocy helpfully interjected, referring to The Donald’s old regular slot on the show, which he had for several years before ever launching his campaign.

Newt continued: “—It was always a happy, positive conversation. He just kept going around the country — and this is one of his great advantages: He loves what he’s currently doing. And he is having a ball. That gives him more energy, and the fact that he can get on his plane to go back home, to get up in the morning, get back on his plane — a pretty comfortable life for a presidential candidate.”

“You know what?” Doocy said, bringing the segment to a close. “I want to be a billionaire, too — just saying.”



  1. Paul Bass February 22, 2016

    Wow. This is Newt talking! The recent perfecter of slimy politics, and non-PC.

    The GOP just doesn’t understand the meaning of hypocrisy or irony, do they?

    1. David February 23, 2016

      Guess they better study what the Demorats are doing, then!

      1. The lucky one February 23, 2016

        I think the majority of politicians know all about hypocrisy although irony is lost on all of them.

      2. Independent1 February 23, 2016

        Exactly, they should start debating about issues that are really impacting our country with meaningful/truthful solutions and stop with those clown-shows where they do nothing but discuss meaningless contrived topics, belittle one another, and spew one lie after another.

        1. David February 23, 2016

          I agree with you!

        2. latebloomingrandma February 23, 2016

          I wonder when we will hear anything meaningful coming out of Trump’s mouth?

    2. TZToronto February 23, 2016

      Irony is a liberal plot.

  2. 1standlastword February 22, 2016

    Their talking to the right person about the wrong thing!!!

    These people are so stupid that if took their collective brains and squished them all together it would’t fill a thimble!!!!

    What’s interesting is NOT who created Trump as much as HOW did the Trump constituency arise out of the GOP agenda???

    That’s a scholarly question that would require a scholarly answer since the three bunglers on the set established Gingrich as “someone who knows politics”!!

    American politics has been profoundly reduced to a folly inside out. Fools on the inside…fools on the outside!

    1. plc97477 February 23, 2016

      The answer to that question goes right back to faux news. Faux news made it okay to bad mouth the president and give the malcontents in this country a voice.

  3. Insinnergy February 22, 2016

    Fox and Friends… Where Mannikins could do a better job.

    1. itsfun February 23, 2016

      There is no law making people watch FOX and Friends. Since they are number 1, somebody must agree with them.

      1. Independent1 February 23, 2016

        What many seem to ignore, or purposely refuse to believe (including you), is that Faux News rates number one, ONLY BECAUSE Republicans are like sheep: they flock to only one news source. So given that 37% of Americans are registered Republicans, which is about 75 Plus Million people (there are over 200 million voting age Americans) are plenty of right-wing biased sheeple to make Faux News number one – because non-Republicans – who have the good sense to get their news from a variety of news sources: NPR, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and on and on and on: distribute their favorability ratings among probably a dozen different news sources rather than congregating their favorability ratings on one news source that makes them dumber about the news than even people who don’t watch any news.

        It’s really disingenuous to imply that somehow Faux News is an elite news organization by claiming it gets a number 1 rating from the masses of Republican idiots, when all it spews is propaganda which attracts for the most part nothing but right-wing sheeple who love to be made stupid!!!

  4. FireBaron February 23, 2016

    Methinks Roger Ailes needs to add rectocrainiotomy to the list of surgical procedures available to F&F hosts. They all surely need it as the only things they can apparently see is the insides of their own colons!

    1. latebloomingrandma February 23, 2016


    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2016

      Methinks you are right on the mark, FireBaron!!

  5. The lucky one February 23, 2016

    “He loves what he’s currently doing. And he is having a ball.” Of course he is. Narcissists are happy when they are the center of attention. It’s all just a game to Trump. When he finally crashes he’ll blame it on someone else and move on to his next ploy for remaining in the spotlight.

  6. itsfun February 23, 2016

    I am not a Trump supporter nor do I believe he will be the eventual candidate, but this is just a example of more BS from establishment controlled politicians. Sadly this is what happens in both of the major parties. We don’t get to vote for individuals anymore, just get to vote for the party. If a elected politician doesn’t do what the parties tell them to do, than there are no committee appointments, no funding for future elections, etc.

  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2016

    Newt’s right when he says there’s a message to the corner on the market for GOP votes that the “outsiders” enjoy.
    The message? Keep blaring out the gospel of fear, hate, and bigotry and the “sheep” that have been trained to respond to that clarion call(like Pavlov’s dog) will come running.

    Such respondents are able to do an imitation of the old RCA commercial—you know, the one with the little pup with its head cocked as it listens to an old-style phonograph “to hear its master’s voice”.

    Thank you, Newt, for having helped in a huge way in this latest “Frankenstein experiment”.

  8. Bob Eddy February 23, 2016

    The one thing Newt gets wrong is assuming this is a “national” thing. It most assuredly is a “Republican” thing. While Fox “News” certainly has some culpability in that they, apparently unable to understand that “news” is not predicated on how many people will watch it, continue to give an inordinate amount of coverage to Trump. The real culprit, however, is the party itself in their welcoming, first the Southern segregationists (who seemed willing to accept lip service on social issues in exchange for their votes) and then the Tea Bagger loonies into their party to flag up their flagging numbers. The simple mathematics of it is that these people are now the Republican party. Its as simple as this. If you smoke cigarettes and constantly breathe in carcinogens it is likely you will end up with lung cancer. If you bring racists, anti-government fruit cakes, anti- science, pro religious zealots and homophobes into your party most likely it will result in a fatal cancer in your party…Oh BTW, Newt, much of this can be traced right back to the Newt Gingrich/Lee Atwater “scorched Earth” political philosophy. Karma, its a bich isn’t it?

  9. Joseph Simmons February 23, 2016

    Yes, the country is decaying. Yes, Washington is in fact responsible for the decay. Yes, because Congress has been dominated by the Republican Party, and in fact has done almost nothing but obstruct since it grasped power. If America returns the GOP to power, it will reap the bitter seeds it has sown and nourished!

    1. dpaano February 23, 2016

      Exactly, but for some reason, people don’t understand that the GOP is the reason why we have so many problems. President Obama has tried to fix as much as he can, but with the constant blockade from the GOP, he can’t get a lot of the things done that he promised to get done. So, why do they keep blaming him for not cooperating with them……he’s tried and mostly given up!!! I applaud him for what he HAS accomplished, and I think the country is a little better off than it was when Bush left the White House. Unfortunately, as I said above, most people, especially those who listen to FAUX NEWS and believe their EVERY word, don’t see or understand that! They are like Chicken Little…..”the sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!” That’s the GOP mantra, and it isn’t entirely correct.

  10. Joseph Simmons February 23, 2016

    America did in fact get teabagged, in the street meaning of the phrase!

  11. dpaano February 23, 2016

    I wonder how FAUX NEWS would deal with it if a Democratic candidate, say, Hillary, called them every morning to “chat” about what’s happening. I bet that would go over like a lead balloon!!

  12. Joseph Simmons February 23, 2016

    If the GOp Congress really cared about the economy, they would enact a tax on imported oil to prevent Saudi price cuts from destroying American oil investment. The tax could be dedicated to reducing the budget deficit, and the GOP could prove they are not just paying lip service!

    1. ThinkAboutIt March 4, 2016

      At least half the House GOP is rigidly stuck on the conviction that markets are never wrong and government is always bad for the economy.


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