“The View” invited Newt Gingrich to sit in as guest host, and the audience cheered as his fellow panelists dismantled his defense of President Donald Trump.
Host Whoopi Goldberg asked the former House Speaker to comment on Trump comparing his impeachment inquiry to a “lynching,” and Gingrich said he agreed.
“Look, put yourself — this is really a big leap — but put yourself for a second in Trump’s shoes, okay?” Gingrich said. “You got beaten up for over two years with the Mueller thing. You start to relax. All of a sudden there’s this whole new wave of things, and I think part of what you have is a guy here who’s just really deeply frustrated that no matter where he turns, you know, the fight keeps going on. ”
Conservative co-host Abby Huntsman asked if the president brings a lot of his troubles on himself, and the audience cheered and applauded.
“I think he’s a very important historic figure,” Gingrich responded, “but I do think there are things that he does that make it all harder. I think that, you know, at times I think that had he been — if he were more disciplined, he would have a much easier road than he does. He sort of chews up his own road.”
Huntsman said the president seems to enjoy the controversies he kicks up, such as his decision to award a government contract to himself to host the G7 summit at his Doral resort.
“In his mind, do you think it’s a game to piss off the media, piss off Democrats or does he genuinely see a problem with it?” Huntsman said.
Goldberg joined in next.
“Doesn’t he have anything better to do?” she said, as the audience cheered again. “Listen, Newt, you and I have known each other a long time, and when a giant, 6-foot white guy says, ‘I’m being lynched here,’ you understand why it’s a little bit like, listen man, you’re not being lynched here. You are being held to the standard that we hold every — we’re supposed to be holding every president to.”
The audience cheered again, and Goldberg challenged the former House speaker to defend Trump for questioning the Constitution’s emoluments clause as “phony.”
“You’ve never pooped on the Constitution as far as I can recall,” she said.
Gingrich then started to change the subject to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), whom he misidentified as “Steve,” but co-host Sunny Hostin challenged him to defend Trump’s “lynching” complaint.
“Okay, all right, I’m going to be very politically incorrect,” Gingrich said. “Most of the early American movies on lynching were about lynching white people. One of the largest lynchings of the 19th century was Italians, so there is a tradition here. It’s not only about black people.”
Goldberg and Hostin argued that Gingrich was missing the point and misrepresenting the history of lynching, and the Trump apologist admitted the president spoke “more clumsily than he should have.”
“Not the question,” Goldberg shot back, as the audience cheered. “You did a good spin, but what do you think? Do you think that’s the language he should have used? Yes or no.”
Google tightens political ads policy in effort to stop abuse
Google on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.
The internet company said its rules already ban any advertiser, including those with political messages, from lying in ads. But it is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video.
"It's against our policies for any advertiser to make a false claim -- whether it's a claim about the price of a chair or a claim that you can vote by text message, that election day is postponed, or that a candidate has died," Google ads product management vice president Scott Spencer said in an online post.
Pope Francis begins Asia tour with visit to Buddhist temple
Pope Francis will visit one of Thailand's famed gilded temples Thursday to meet the supreme Buddhist patriarch, on the first full day of his Asian tour aimed at promoting religious harmony.
The 82-year-old pontiff is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend four days before setting off to Japan.
His packed schedule a day after touching down in Bangkok includes a meeting with the king and the prime minister before leading an evening mass expected to draw tens of thousands of people from across Thailand, where just over 0.5 percent of the population is Catholic.
Hong Kong campus stalemate persists while US congress passes bill of support for democracy protesters
Hardline Hong Kong protesters held their ground on Thursday in a university besieged for days by police as the US passed a bill lauding the city's pro-democracy movement, setting up a likely clash between Washington and Beijing.
Beijing did not immediately respond to the passage in Washington of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which voices strong support for the "democratic aspirations of the Hong Kong people."
But China had already threatened retaliation if the bill is signed into law by President Donald Trump, and state-run media warned Thursday the legislation would not prevent Beijing from intervening forcefully to stop the "mess" gripping the financial hub.