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Gingrich to ABC: ‘This Election’s Being Rigged By The National Media’

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | October 17, 2016 | 5:22 PM EDT

Former House Speaker Newt

Gingrich. (Photo: YAF) 

During an interview on ABC's This Week on Sunday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said the "news media's one-sidedness" against Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton is the "worst" he has ever seen, and charged that "this election is being rigged by the national media, who are doing everything they can to suppress bad news about Hillary and everything they can to maximize bad news about Trump."

Gingrich added that Americans should monitor the polling stations on November 8 because in the 1960 election the states of Illinois and Texas "were stolen" for John F. Kennedy and to suggest, for today, "that you don't have theft in Philadelphia is to deny reality."

"Trump's major complaint about the election is not polls -- it's not at the poll level," Gingrich told ABC's Martha Raddatz.  "It's at the news media level. This election is being rigged by the national media, who are doing everything they can to suppress bad news about Hillary and everything they can to maximize bad news about Trump."

Earlier in the interview, Raddatz said to Gingrich, "You heard [Democrat] Tim Kaine talk about his concerns over charges of a rigged election, but Mr. Trump has been continuing to ramp up the rhetoric in tweets and speeches. Senator Jeff Sessions [R-Ala.] joined the chorus yesterday, saying they are attempting to rig the election. So who are ‘they’ and how are they doing this?"

The former House Speaker said, "Well, I think they are the news media. This is not about election officials at the precinct level. This is about last Friday, when the networks spent 23 minutes on the Trump tape and less than one minute -- all three networks combined -- less than one minute on Hillary Clinton's secret speeches that were being revealed on WikiLeaks."

"And you look at that and you say -- I mean, I think it's amazing that Trump is as close as he is right now, considering the one-sidedness of the news media barrage," said Gingrich.  "And the best description of it is by Barry Castleman in his blog, where he said this is a coup d'etat. He said 14 million citizens and private ballots picked Donald Trump, 20 TV executives have decided to destroy him."

Raddatz then interjected, "But you say it's not at the precinct level. But Trump has also told people to monitor polling stations."

"They should," said Gingrich.  "You look at Philadelphia, you look at St. Louis, you look at Chicago. I mean, again, I'm old enough, I remember when Richard Nixon had the election stolen in 1960. And no serious historian doubts that Illinois and Texas were stolen. So to suggest that we have -- that you don't have theft in Philadelphia is to deny reality."

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Gingrich continued, "I think that without the unending one-sided assault of the news media, Trump would be beating Hillary by 15 points. I think when you look at WikiLeaks and you look at all the things she has said, when you look at the deals in Russia that Bill Clinton made and that The Clinton Foundation made -- I mean, all this nonsense by [Tim] Kaine about Russia, it's Clinton, Bill Clinton, who got a half-million dollar speech. It is the Clintons who got money for The Clinton Foundation from Russia. It is Podesta who was on a Russian company advisory board that was apparently funded by Putin."

"So the news media's one-sidedness is the worst I've seen in my lifetime and I'm old enough -- that's a fairly long statement," he said.


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman