Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put the blame on Fox News for Donald Trump’s meteoric rise in the Republican presidential contest, telling the network’s morning news and talk crew that it had “invented” the brash billionaire’s candidacy.
“Donald Trump gets up in the morning, tweets to the entire planet at no cost, picks up the hone, calls you, has a great conversation for about eight minutes—which would have cost him a ton in commercial money—and meanwhile, his opponents are all out there trying to raise the money to run an ad,” Gingrich said Monday morning on Fox & Friends.
Host Brian Kilmeade countered that the frequency of Trump’s appearances was a function of the candidate’s willingness to appear, whereas more mainstream Republicans, like former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have proven more reticent.
Gingrich fired back: “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,” cohost Steve Doocy added.
Watch the full exchange after the jump.
The author of Georgia’s failed religious freedom proposal complained in a television interview hours before the General Assembly adjourned Thursday night that a “far-left outrage machine” had taken hostage the debate about the free exercise of faith and made it instead about discrimination.
Sen. Josh McKoon, sponsor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said on CNN last night that the question of discrimination against gays and lesbians was completely immaterial to his legislation, because discrimination of the sort is already permitted in the state.
“Under current Georgia law, sexual orientation is not a protected class,” McKoon told host Chris Cuomo when asked if his legislation would give license to businesses to discriminate. “And so discrimination on that basis can occur today. My law would in no way impact that one way or the other. We’re not seeking to enable discrimination.”
When Cuomo pressed the Columbus Republican why he objected then to the introduction of a non-discrimination clause, which supporters deemed a poison pill, McKoon argued the amendment was “poorly drafted” but said the debate over discrimination should be had — separately.
“There are 236 members of the Georgia General Assembly and if someone wants to come forward and propose a law that has to do with statewide non-discrimination, I’m ready to have that discussion, I’m ready to have that debate,” he said.
Watch the full interview after the jump.
A state university in middle Georgia is in contention to host one of four general election presidential debates next fall, the nonpartisan commission responsible for organizing the events said this week.
The Commission on Presidential Debates said Wednesday it was considering 16 possible sites, including Millegeville’s Georgia College and State University, for next year’s White House series.
The field is mostly comprised of smaller colleges and universities in the southeast and southwest. The four selected sites will be announced later this fall.
“Georgia College is pleased to be able to submit an application for consideration to host a presidential debate,” said Dr. Steve Dorman, university president, said in a statement emailed to Tipsheet. “This is in keeping with our public liberal arts mission where we embrace and promote the actions of deliberative democracy. We are excited about the possibility and would consider it a privilege to host a national political discussion.”
See the full list of contenders below the fold.
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