Who knew Newt Gingrich would be with the one to shock Fox News with the truth?
In an interview on Monday with “Fox & Friends,” the former Speaker of the House gave the hosts (and the network) some sobering reality.
Steve Doocy began complaining that Trump was a “nightmare scenario” for the GOP establishment, and, in a moment dripping with irony, his co-host Brian Kilmeade was baffled by the fact that the, “the billionaire is spending the least amount of money and running away with this thing.”
Wonder why Trump is spending the least amount of money yet generating the most attention? That’s right, Kilmeade: it’s because of you!
Gingrich provided the same response. “Well, that’s because of you guys,” he told Kilmeade.
“Donald Trump gets up in the morning, tweets to the entire planet at no cost, picks up the phone, 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 continued, dropping a much-needed truth bomb on the stunned hosts.
Doocy and Kilmeade attempted to argue that this was solely due to the fact that Trump was the most available out of all the candidates, but Gingrich put it simply: “Trump is the candidate Fox & Friends invented.”
Gingrich would have dropped the mic if he were holding one.
He may not realize it, but Gingrich is right in more ways than one. Media networks such as Fox News did help create the monster Trump is today, but his populist success is due to more than just mainstream media saturation.
The inherent structure of the GOP establishment for the past few decades has led to Trump. The coded racism, xenophobia, and sexism that was brushed aside time after time by party leaders and never entirely condemned has manifested into a candidate unafraid to say anything.
A Washington Post article aptly titled, “Donald Trump is the monster the GOP created,” details the rise of this:
“The Republican Party can’t dump Trump because Trump is the Republican Party…Trump has merely held up a mirror to the GOP. The man, long experience has shown, believes in nothing other than himself. He has, conveniently, selected the precise basket of issues that Republicans want to hear about… Anti-immigrant? Against Common Core education standards? For repealing Obamacare? Against same-sex marriage? Antiabortion? Anti-tax? Anti-China? Virulent in questioning President Obama’s legitimacy? Check, check, check, check, check, check, check and check.”
It’s a harsh truth that the GOP desperately needs to hear if the party ever hopes to recover. However, it’s looking more and more likely that the fallout from Trump will ultimately lead to a fractured Republican Party—but they brought this on themselves.