NEWT GIN­GRICH DIS­MISSES THE ‘RUS­SIAN BALONEY’

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

For­get fancy terms like “col­lu­sion.” Newt Gin­grich has two words for charges by Pres­i­dent Trump’s po­lit­i­cal foes and me­dia crit­ics who say his cam­paign was in con­tact with Rus­sian of­fi­cials dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion: “Rus­sian baloney.”

Mr. Gin­grich equated the ac­cu­sa­tions with lunch­meat dur­ing an ap­pear­ance Sun­day on ABC News’ “This Week,” ad­vis­ing host Martha Rad­datz that Mr. Trump is “in­fu­ri­ated — and le­git­i­mately, in my judg­ment — by this whole Rus­sian baloney.” Mr. Gin­grich also framed said “baloney” as one of three strate­gic but un­founded charges against the pres­i­dent. Ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and per­jury are the other two, he noted.

“But let’s go back to what you just said, this Rus­sian baloney. If peo­ple are in­volved in col­lu­sion with Rus­sia, don’t you want to know about that?” asked Ms. Rad­datz.

“There’s no ev­i­dence. I mean, first of all, if you want to in­ves­ti­gate Rus­sia, fine. How about Bill Clin­ton’s $500,000 speech? How about Podesta’s brother who is a reg­is­tered agent for a Rus­sia bank? How about the Ira­nian deal?” Mr. Gin­grich fired back.

Yes, well. His re­ports are too com­plex to go into here. But trust that Mr. Gin­grich has an in­formed per­spec­tive these days. He’s got a new book out ti­tled “Un­der­stand­ing Trump,” cur­rently ranked No. 1 in po­lit­i­cal books on Ama­zon and No. 11 among all books.

“Even to­day, months af­ter Trump won the elec­tion and was sworn in as pres­i­dent, the news me­dia still tries to cover him as if he were a nor­mal politi­cian, and his ide­o­log­i­cal op­po­nents con­tinue to be vi­ciously dis­hon­est. They are either clue­less or ly­ing. Ig­nore them,” Mr. Gin­grich advises read­ers in his new work.

“Amer­ica has never seen a can­di­date and a pres­i­dent like Trump. Many in the elite po­lit­i­cal class and the na­tional me­dia still sim­ply do not — and can­not — grasp his meth­ods. Since he an­nounced his bid for pres­i­dency, Don­ald J. Trump has been mis­un­der­stood, un­der­es­ti­mated and mis­rep­re­sented,” the au­thor con­tin­ues. “Elites snubbed him, but his mes­sage res­onated with nor­mal Amer­i­cans.”

CEN­TER STREET

Newt Gin­grich has many crit­i­cisms of the “Rus­sia baloney” story, and he has writ­ten a new book on Pres­i­dent Trump as well.

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