Trump already has all the reasons he needs.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump should “close down the White House press briefing room.”
“I am personally offended by the American news media. I think it is destructive and disgusting. It is a danger to the country right now,” Gingrich said. He also said the press should be banished to a nearby Starbucks and that Spicer should take questions from the American people. “Just say to the American people, you get to choose,” Gingrich said.
Closing the press briefing room would send a message to the country “that the media is a corrupt institution and he is tired of being harassed by people whose only interest is making him look bad.”
I don’t expect him to—it’s probably a bridge too far at this early stage—but GOD, I wish he would. Kick the lying propagandists to the curb, Donald. Go ahead. Just do it.
His view reflects a broader take from the administration and from Trump, who often rages about his news media coverage and has proposed ending the daily White House briefings. Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, has called the media “the opposition party.”
Which of course they are. Currently, there are three of them, in truth. And one way or another, they all need to be broken to the will of the people, firmly and fully. Removing the treasonous liberal media’s perks, privileges, and access would be one hell of a good start; if Trump is still laboring under the illusion that he can somehow win these vile insects over—or that that’s an effort worth making in the first place—well, he needs to get over it.
But does it get better, you ask? Why, yes; yes, it surely does.
The former speaker, who said he was traveling in Ukraine, was infuriated by recent coverage of Trump’s alleged disclosures to the Russian foreign minister of classified intelligence that was reportedly obtained from Israel and the firing of the FBI director. Gingrich said that the president has a right “to declassify anything he wants to,” and that presidents for centuries have disclosed sensitive information in chats with foreign officials. He also said that reporters shouldn’t print information they couldn’t attach a name to.
“You guys are nuts,” he said.
Nothing to add to that, other than: well said, Newt.