Gingrich Says 'Elite Media' Part of 'the Deep State' Against Trump Administration

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich lashed out Wednesday night at what he called the “elite media,” decrying its members for being part of the “deep state” intent on destroying President Donald Trump’s administration.

Gingrich, who has long backed up Trump, was responding to Fox News host Sean Hannity’s assertion that the media ignored how the FBI and Justice Department started its investigations into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Hannity said this was “bigger than Watergate.”

Going along another cry of a “deep state” that Hannity regularly broadcasts, Gingrich asserted that the media and long-time government employees regularly work together.

“Remember the elite media is part of the deep state,” Gingrich said according to Mediaite. “The elite media group has survived by being in collusion with the senior bureaucracy, the city of Washington, the senior reporters, the senior bureaucrats, the senior lobbyists, they all hang out together, they all talk to each other, they all compare notes.”

After stating that the Obama administration had orchestrated attempts to shield Democrat Hillary Clinton and pummel Trump, Gingrich responded to what Hannity described as negative coverage of the president’s State of the Union address.

GettyImages-860271324 Newt Gingrich speaks about Trump, Trudeau, and Nieto regarding NAFTA Negotiations at Dentons NAFTA 2.0 Summit on October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Dentons via Getty Images/Paul Morigi

“The elite media in the United States is not neutral,” he said. “They’re not referees. They’re the offensive wing of the other team.”

Gingrich continued: “These are folks who are so deeply hostile to what Donald Trump is trying to accomplish that they are fully as much a part of the opposition as is Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer and that’s part of why you’re getting this unbelievably biased coverage.”

He then pondered why members of the Congressional Black Caucus did not applaud Trump after he spoke about a lower black unemployment rate across the country, with Gingrich challenging the lawmakers over who they were loyal to.

“If they’re not happy that their constituents have a job,” he said, “if they’re not happy that the tax cuts really dramatically help their congressional districts, then who do they represent?”

Gingrich and Hannity’s claims followed controversy over whether the White House would stop the release of a memo drafted by the House Intelligence Committee, headed up by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), that reportedly may show misdeeds by the FBI and Justice Department.

Trump could block the memo’s release, but Democrats have said the memo is selective in its contents and does not provide the proper context for why the FBI and Justice Department began investigating the Trump campaign.

The FBI issued a rare statement Wednesday in which it claimed not to have had enough time to review the memo and expressed “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

Republicans have asserted the unverified Russia dossier was used as a basis to start surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.