Newt Gingrich may not be a “birther” — a believer in the false claim that Barack Obama was born in Kenya — but he evidently doesn’t have a problem pandering to that demographic.
In an interview with the National Review, the former Republican speaker of the House said Obama’s perspective on the world is “factually insane” and the president’s actions only make sense when it’s understood that he has a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” attitude.
Gingrich, now tipped as a potential presidential candidate in 2012, told NRO that Obama “worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true.”
He pondered, “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? … That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
Gingrich was referring to a recent article in Forbes magazine by Dinesh D’Souza, in which D’Souza asserts that “clearly the anti-colonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr. goes a long way to explain the actions and policies of his son in the Oval Office.”
D’Souza describes Obama as “the most anti-business president in a generation, perhaps in American history.”
Jeremy Schulman at MediaMatters described Gingrich’s comments as taking “Republican race-baiting” against Obama “to new levels.” He asserts that D’Souza’s article is “an impressive combination of factual distortions and twisted logic.”
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Gingrich predicted that the GOP will gain 40 to 60 seats in the House in the mid-term elections, riding on an anti-White House “momentum that’s building in our country.”
The most recent Gallup poll shows Democrats and Republicans tied in overall support.
Gingrich also said the GOP would “surprise” Democrats by signing on to any tax cuts the Democrats propose, “as long as it isn’t offset by a tax increase.”
Humanitarian volunteer says he won’t be deterred after facing charges in Arizona for helping migrants
We broadcast live from Tucson, Arizona, where the government recently put humanitarian activist Scott Warren on trial amid the ongoing policing of the U.S.-Mexico border, separation of families, and cruel and inhumane conditions at immigrant jails across the country. Warren, a longtime volunteer with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, was charged with three felony counts for his alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants in Ajo, Arizona. The immigrants had arrived at the doorstep of a humanitarian shelter after a perilous journey across the Sonoran Desert. At the same time, he and other volunteers also faced separate misdemeanor charges for leaving water jugs and food for migrants on a national wildlife refuge in the remote desert. The trial took eight days, and after hours of deliberation, the jury returned without a verdict. Eight found Scott Warren not guilty; the remaining four said he was. The government will now retry Warren in November. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. As he awaits his next trial, Scott Warren met us in the remote town of Ajo, Arizona, this weekend for his first trip in a year to leave water and food for migrants in the desert.
Trump tweets out bonkers conspiracy theory that Google ‘manipulated’ up to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton
President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted out a bonkers conspiracy theory claiming that Google "manipulated" up to 16 million votes on behalf of former Democratic rival during the 2016 presidential election.
"Wow, Report Just Out!" the president wrote. "Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!"
Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch
Trump’s economic adviser doesn’t see a recession coming — but he said the same thing in 2008
President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser insists there are no signs of a recession on the horizon -- but he's been staggeringly wrong before.
Larry Kudlow went on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend to assure viewers that no economic downturn was coming, but the Washington Post's Aaron Blake pointed out that his track record for predictions was pitiful.
“Well, I’ll tell you what: I sure don’t see a recession,” Kudlow told host Chuck Todd. “So I think actually the second half, the economy’s going to be very good in 2019.”