WAR ON CONSERVATIVES: Twitter on ‘Dangerous Path,’ Could Face Regulation, Says Gingrich

WASHINGTON — After years of complaints by users who claimed they’d been unfairly targeted for their conservative beliefs, social media giants like Twitter may finally be held liable, says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Responding to the backlash following Twitter’s labeling of President Donald Trump’s tweets about mail in ballots being a danger to democracy as being fact checked untrue, Gingrich said left leaning social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook could find themselves becoming a “regulated public institution” rather than a private company.

These companies are “going down a very dangerous path” Gingrich told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday. “What Twitter called fact-check is not true,” Gingrich said. “They went to left-wing publications to get a left-wing version.”

“The president is correct,” Gingrich in defense of the president’s argument. “We have seen a lot of theft of vote, we have seen a lot of mail being lost. There are all sorts of challenges with going through an all-mail program for voting.”

“You look at some of these people, and they are totally out of touch with everyday America,” said Gingrich. “I think that at some point they are going to run a real risk of having some interventions that I don’t want to see happen, but you can’t have a free speech dominated by an institution which is determined only to allow [one] side to speak.”

And it’s not just Twitter, or simply aimed at the president, Gingrich warned. “Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a track record of becoming more anti-conservative, so it’s not all about Trump.”

“It’s anyone in America who has a traditional value and a traditional sense of patriotism or a sense of American history,” said Gingrich. “All of them are under siege in the social media groups.”

GINGRICH: ‘Negative press coverage’ will lead to ‘tough’ re-election for Trump

WASHINGTON — As popular as President Donald Trump is with his Republican base, a landslide re-election is anything but certain, Newt Gingrich said Tuesday.

Despite a “remarkable economy” and his penchant for keeping campaign promises, Gingrich said the president will face a “tough battle” against Democrats to hold his spot in the White House.

“He has been very good on judges, very good on deregulation, very good on tax cuts,” the former House Speaker said, but negative press coverage is going to hurt him.

“It’s tough, but I think we are at 92% negative press coverage,” Gingrich told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

“The fact that he is still standing is kind of amazing.”

Gingrich said despite the tough road ahead, he still believes Trump will do what he always does. Win.

“He believes it’s going to be a fight to the finish, but he also believes that the Democrats are pretty weak, and I am inclined to agree with him, said Gingrich. “I think they could stumble into a disaster if they are not careful.”

Gingrich’s comments come as record numbers of Trump supporters began camping out in Orlando ahead of a rally planned for Tuesday night. According to White House sources, the president plans to officially declare his intention to run for re-election during the Orlando event.

“Trump is unique in that he was elected in the end by all the people who were mad at Washington, who wanted somebody with goals, who didn’t mind that he had weaknesses, as long as he was a fighter,” said Gingrich. “He has convinced them he is a fighter.”

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GINGRICH: Buzzfeed report alleging Trump ordered Cohen to lie an ‘absurdity’

WASHINGTON — Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came out swinging in defense of President Donald Trump on Friday against allegations by Buzzfeed that Trump ordered one-time personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress on his behalf.

“This is an absurdity,” Gingrich said during an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “The news media will take any possible negative about Trump and maximize it whether it’s true or not, because it fits their bias and the degree to which they dislike.”

Gingrich also said that only the “modern liberal” would be gullible enough to believe that a sitting president would instruct someone to lie during congressional testimony.

Gingrich, a fellow Republican, has been one of the president’s most staunch defenders in the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine whether or not Trump colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Gingrich also took the opportunity during this Fox appearance to bash a New York Times report which suggested that Trump was secretly a “Russian agent”.

“The New York Times had a story last week about Trump was a Russian agent as the huge headline,” said Gingrich. “You get to paragraph nine they say you know there’s actually no factual evidence of any kind…if The New York Times can take trivia and trash and turn it into a page one story why can’t BuzzFeed?”

During a federal court hearing in New York last August, Cohen testified that Trump had ordered him to arrange “hush money” payments during his 2016 election campaign to two women with whom he is alleged to have had extra-marital affairs, a violation of federal campaign laws. Cohen also pled guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump project in Russia.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Cohen agreed to testify before Congress. He is scheduled to appear before a congressional panel sometime next month.

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