Newt Gingrich Lays Out President-elect Donald Trumps Principles CSPAN December 13, 2016 10:52pm-12:04am EST
susan: i think we probably only have time for one or two more questions. question: stuart brown with one capital. i'm wondering if this discussion is only taking place on the left and when i talk to my clients or friends on the right, they simply don't believe there was any false news out there. they don't think there was any fake news. when i report that there's a 4.6 percent unemployment, they gave -- say, are you nuts? there are 100 million unemployed americans right now. where you get your information from? if it comes from new york times they say, there you go. if it comes from that department of labor they say, there you go. susan: i think we as journalists worry every day that we are talking to ourselves. this question of insularity.
mr. glassman: don't look at me because i'm the right-winger. i served in the republican administration. i voted for a republican for president every year since 1980 except for this time. i'm deeply concerned about what's going on. i don't necessarily, i do not think that donald trump won this election because of fake news, no doubt about that and i think if donald trump didn't even exist, this was still a gigantic problem that needs to be addressed. susan: lots of hands still up. no, farther back. sorry. question: thank you. my question is, what plans with the media have with respect to handling what i call misstatements or mishandling of the facts and specifically with respect to mister trump, his tax issue. the claim was that he stated whether he did not pay his taxes which implies that he did not
paid the proper amount of tax due. if it is reported, he took a net operating loss which allows you to carry it back a certain number of years in. over, he did pay the proper amount of tax, too. that amount was zero. fine. but the allegation was that the statements were made, therefore he didn't contribute to the well-being of the country, etc. i thought he have obligation to point out he had to forgo the standard deduction just put a couple bucks extra into the pot but that was something that became a central issue, one of the central issues and i think the media has an obligation to treat him fairly. susan: you want to take that one on? >> i would say the reason that became a central issue is people wanted to see his tax returns and had not. that is where that came from. the bottom line is that every single president and a
presidential nominee going back to the last several decades has released their tax returns as a part of the campaign. donald trump defined a -- d find a significant one and in fact we are now going to face an interesting question because the president also has historically every year as a matter of course released their tax returns every spring. is donald trump going to find a way to blow that up? >> yes. [laughter] susan: if we took a vote to am sure we would get that answer. i'm afraid we are just about out of time. i want to thank everybody. i think it's a great conversation and we are leaving so many questions on the table. i hope we will continue the conversation, thank you. [applause] [inaudible conversation]
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c-span3. >> c-span spoke to some of the incoming members of the 115th congress. here is a look. >> representative elect anthony brown, you are a familiar face to folks here in this area. what did you do before coming to congress? honorl, before i had the of serving here i served as lieutenant governor. i served for eight years with governor martin o'malley and before that i spent eight years in the economics. i had the opportunity to serve as vice chair of the judiciary committee and i finished my eight years as the majority whip. so i have years in state government and i am looking forward to bringing that experience with constituents and issues here to washington on
capitol hill. youwhat about that work do think will help you here on capitol hill. >> a few things. whether you're working in a state legislature or even in the executive branch, what you learned to get things done through compromise. finding common ground. agreeing to disagree. having a commitment to getting things done. i did that on some very weighty issues as well as lieutenant governor. issues with infrastructure investments, childhood education, college of or inability. washington.ing to i am excited about the new members of the 115th congress, many of them i mentoring orientation. there seems to be a real interest in getting things done here in washington and i am
hopeful we will get things done and hopefully we can go back to our constituents and say we are making government work for you. >> why did you want to run for a house seat. >> for me it is always looking for opportunities to serve. fatherup in a home or my taught his children, my father and mother, the importance of service. i served in active duty in iraq house as lieutenant governor. so for me, being a member of congress is another opportunity for me to serve the constituents in the fourth congressional district. there are a lot of important issues. i have experience with a number of them but i'm very excited about this privilege. >> you did run for governor, you lost to the current governor larry hogan, republican. what did that teacher about politics and about coming to washington to serve in the house? >> 2014 was a life lesson.
a lesson that my father taught me and a lesson that i try to teach my children that is, sometimes in life you have successes, sometimes you have setbacks and even in the face of setbacks if you believe what you are doing it for me it is public service, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, stay in the fight. so my fight is for good schools , and safe neighborhoods. creating opportunities and a strong economy that creates jobs for more and more. after 2014, i picked myself up and said, hey this is what it is all about. stay in the fight. if there are more opportunities to serve, do it. that was a life lesson i learned and i can tell you just does hillary clinton said on wednesday morning, after her defeat, just two weeks ago, it is painful. it hurts. because you put your all into it. a lot of people were there supporting me. volunteers and others.
supporters. i am grateful for that and that is why i also felt an obligation to them to continue to work and continue to fight. >> how would you describe your ideology. >> you know, it is one of compromise. certainly i believe i am progressive on many issues, you know i support for example reasonable gun regulations. i do believe that government is the back stop for many and it should serve the role of making sure people do not fall through the cracks and that is why i support investments in equity and funding public education. i believe for example when it comes to investment in transportation infrastructure that we should partner with the private sector. public-private partnerships as well as traditional ways of funding infrastructure but i say on many issues i am progressive, on a lot of economic issues i'm probably what one would consider a little bit more moderate, looking for partnerships with the private sector but i think first and foremost i described my ideology as one of consensus
building. >> where do you hope to serve? on what committees here in the house? questions the $64,000 that every new member is asking. i think that my experience as lieutenant governor, my expense any armed services, there are a number of committees i think i could add value to, one of them being the house armed services committee, the other being transportation infrastructure. i led the charge and maryland that will now be the delivery of the purple lion in the capital region area. i have done a lot of work in higher education, career education, and early childhood education. i think there are a number of committees and i am very excited about damaging the end i hope i will have the chance to serve on the house armed services committee. >> tell us about your family.
>> i am blessed with a wonderful wife, carmen, who is very supportive of my public and she, too, is you know, a professional. she works inside the home and outside home helping raise kids. our three children as i mentioned. i have a daughter who is at the university of maryland at college park in her last year, so that it's pretty exciting for her. 16-year-old toys. they are not twins. one is about to turn 17. it is great. it is a blended family and my 16-year-old son jonathan we adopted as an infant. i have a stepson, anthony. there are a lot of anthony's in our home. >> why did you decide to adopt? >> you know, i believe every child, you know, deserves the opportunity to be raised in a loving and caring home and at the time my wife and i were looking to expand our family and we knew there were many children who wanted, deserve to be in a loving, supportive family and we felt we could do that so we
adopted jonathan. what a joy. we thought that, you know, we we thought that we were you know, doing jonathan somehow a favor by bringing him into our home and we learned the gift and the favor was all his towards us because he has just been a wonderful addition to the family. >> any mentors for use writer -- for you throughout your political career? >> a few of them. first, my role model and not a political mentor but muhammad ali, who i think taught all of us that a few things. one is that nothing in life comes easy and no matter how comes easy and no matter how easy made it looking he reminded us it took a lot of hard work and he used to say that you know, he would run long on the road before he got to dance under the lights. he worked hard. i also admire and respect him because he was willing to sacrifice what achievements he made to speak out publicly on issues that were important to him and at the time it was his opposition to sending u.s. troops to vietnam and it cost him his heavyweight belt. that he was able to regain that.
most importantly, he spoke on what was most important to him. i look at him as a role model. former attorney general steve sax helped me out a lot. i look at former members of congress. elijah cummings who is a current member and has been very helpful to me over the course of my career. the democratic whip supported me in my run for governor. we've had a great relationship throughout, so i know that, you know, where i am today is because of the lot of hard work through so many marylanders who paved the way. i am grateful to come to congress answer. >> anyone you are looking forward to working with our meeting or anything your looking forward to working on here? >> in terms of what i am looking forward to working on, i am
looking forward to working on early childhood education. i do believe that every four-year-old in maryland and across his country should have axes to affordable quality early childhood education. we know that when four-year-olds are in pre-k, they then start kindergarten with a higher degree of success. when you succeed in kindergarten, you know, the numbers are tremendous for how well they do. graduation rates and prospect after high school. so, early childhood education. i would like to continue to work on that. more career technology education. we think a lot about preparing students for college and we think of for-year institutions but there are many opportunities and a four-year degree is not what is really on the horizon right after has go but the students need something as well to prepare them for the work force. we used to call it vocational technology, now a college career technology so i would like to
welcome that as well. then college affordability, whether it is expanding the pell grant, incentivizing higher education, looking for ways to make college more affordable. those are some of things in education field i would like to work on. in terms of people, i am excited about being down here and the 435 members of congress, republicans, democrats, men and women representing districts across the country. i am looking forward to getting to know all of my colleagues on the hill. >> you are replacing representative donna edwards who ran for the senate this time around. has she given you any advice? >> she has definitely given me a lot of assistance in the transition. really the folks at non-constituent services which top priority for me and a top minority for donna. whether it is working for a veteran having difficulty getting their disability claims approved, whether it is a senior citizen who is having some difficulty and rolling in medicare and a host of other constituent service issues. we had a long conversation about that and she shared with me how
her office operates. and has offered a lot of assistance as i am setting up my district office and the other advice you gave me was look, as a first-term member dumping -- as a first-term member do not be bashful. don't hesitate. there is no such thing as when your turn. speak up and being gauged on issues important to end issues that are important to our constituents. >> that was anthony brown, we appreciate your time. thanks for talking to c-span. >> thank you very much. announcer: c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was graded as a public service by america's cable television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. >> now, former house speaker newt gingrich on the future of some policies under a donald trump residency. he also speaks about donald
trump toss recent cabinet choices. this was hosted by the heritage foundation in washington. [applause] >> good morning everyone and welcome to the heritage foundation at the freedom center here in washington, d.c. what a great turnout. i want to thank the media for being here. those who are watching online. heritage members all across the country. what a great opportunity to get together and discuss something remarkable. we all know there has been great upheaval he here. not just in the united states but across the whole world. we sought with the exit. a lot wondering what brexit was all about. it is pretty simple. back. want their country
it was easy to institutionalize bureaucracy. people in other lands and capitals making decisions for them. it was simply sovereignty. we saw that in america with donald trump elected president. people want their country back. he said things like, you do not have a country if you do not have borders. something we were told we could not say any longer as conservatives. we talked about trade agreements working for the best interest of america. he talked about governments working in the best interest of his people. and there are still people here in washington and in the media that do not understand that simple idea. people know their government here in washington is not working in their best interest and we have had leaders for a number of years talking about it. ronald reagan explained it simply that government is not
the solution to our problem. it is our problem. and our speaker today led one of the greatest revolutions for the people in 1994 with his contract america. he did not just ride a wave of public opinion, he helped to create it by showing people and explaining to them exactly what was wrong. they knew something was wrong but they did not know what it was. that revolution lasted while but i'm afraid our republican colleagues did not very through on a lot of those ideas. we have seen this bubbling up a number ofca for years. we certainly sought in 2010 with the tea party. people tired of government invading their lives. tired of bailouts. tired of the government not representing them. in 2012, the republicans lost eight big election.
kept going back to the old way of doing things. i 2014 copies on spring up again as senators and congressmen campaigned to repeal obamacare. to control our borders. all the things consultants said we could not do. this has been doubling up. -- bubbling up. book last newt's night. ." eakout it talks about a little girl, abigail, with cancer. knowing there had been drugs that could have helped abigail, the thing she and her parents went drug people all over the country trying to get the fda to toford the opportunity just try. but they would not. if you look at this government and these agencies and i am sure newt might detail some of that today. if you look at the fda and
wonder why they are hurting more people than they are helping, it --because the environmental is the environmental protection agency hurting our environment more than helping? is education department hurting students? diminishing their opportunities? it is hard to find the government working in the best interest of the people and i think that is what the last election was about. a lot of the media try to cast this as some sort of negative populism but hopefully it is a wake-up call. people who come here to washington take an oath of office to stand for the constitution and represent the people. there is no one who is been more involved in the last several decades than it gingrich. i've seen it up close and personal. what he did in 1994 inspired me to run for congress in 1998 and although he left at the same time i walked in the door, he has continued to inspire and break new ground in a lot of his
thinking and ideas and he has worked closely with donald trump been alast couple years, great advisor and played a key role in helping donald trump navigate the political and environmental. and ad see it gingrich lot of the policies and ideas and we are honored to have him back at heritage. he is a regular. i am proud of him. new to, thank you for joining us here today. [applause] mr. gingrich: we had this vision and a number of things happened and to be back europe this
moment i think is exactly right. this is the third grade effort to breakout of franklin delano roosevelt model. 1980 was the first one. heritage played an absolutely decisive role in the run-up to that election in the administration. the mandate for leadership remains today the best single pre-election development and policy ever done. with over 2000 recommendations policyh over 60% became and with over 250 volunteers around the country based on their expertise, most of whom ended up and lamenting the chapters they wrote. so they walked in with a real understanding of what they wanted to do. in 1992, heritage helped with america.act with i think it is fair to say as we developed ideas over that time, the balance i just, the only
balanced budget in our lifetime, the close work with heritage. again in again, the whole concept of the contract drew much of the strength from working with deep foundation. today, i think your ditches a key source for the trans-pence team for their ideas and for -- team and for-pence their ideas. i was thrilled to be asked to share some ideas with you. i have five key messages i want to go through briefly and then take questions. first, president trump is a unique historical figure worthy of study in his own right. trumpism is a bold and profoundly different way of thinking the needs codification through acting.
third, the combination of inner shell and the relentless hostility of the left will challenge the very survival of trumpism. fourth, millions of americans mpismhave to work for tru to succeed. to develop the ideas, would meet approval of -- and when the approval of school boards, state legislators and so on, all of this is possible but takes an enormous movement. and i want to talk about us. what do people who are activists and to her in this room and similar rooms around the country have to do? overcome the bitter hostility, and make no bones about it, there will be better --tility -- better cost stepr hostility at every every day.
defeat what weto are trying to accomplish. so each of us has to be part of a movement of active citizenship. now, i want to start with what may be obvious but because so many of our friends in the media do not seem to get it i thought i would take a moment. president-elect donald j. trump is a unique american leader. -- people do not really stop and think about how unique. no one, let me repeat. no one has won the presidency without having help public office or served as a general in the military. let us start there. he is automatically unique. donald trump has been a national figure for a much longer time. one of the great times, i just produced any lawn -- an electronic book called "electing
," and part of the joy is to go back and think, all of the extraordinary people showed up and wrote commentaries in the journal and washington post, they were not just wrong. they were wrong about being wrong. they have learned nothing and i will show you that any minute. you have to realize, donald trump was not just some person who showed up one morning. in 1988 opera asked him if he was going to run for president. in 1988, oprah winfrey asked him if he was going to run for president. he answered, probably not unless the country gets in trouble. was on larry king and he announced he was forming a an exploratory committee. three that for about months and realized george w. bush had locked up the nomination and because he was a rational businessmen who does not money away, he dropped.
then, years later, at the downtown marriott, donald trump was also there. we were there for a conference that steve king and another from citizens united was hosting. it was the coming out party of scott walker who would've been voted by everybody more likely to be nominated then donald j. trump and trump told us and asked us to have breakfast with him. for about 45 minutes, he asked us about the campaign we had waged in 2012, what we learned, what we thought about it. it was clear in that conversation that he was seriously thinking about thinking about it. but this is the first real break point. normally what happens at that stage if you are a normal political ambitious person, you hire three or four consultants to tell you what you should think. they promptly tell you should focus on running money which they will spend on focus groups
who tell you should leave and if you spend more money they will do advertising that will tell you how smart you are because they are smart and they will not tell you to do anything except raise money. [laughter] mr. gingrich: you try that around donald trump and he just runs over you. it is hopeless. i was with bill o'reilly one of the primaryat season and bill o'reilly said to me, why don't republican candidates attack trump? he is clearly the front runner. they need to attack him. i said, bill, donald trump is the drizzly bear in the revenant. -- the grizzly bear in "the .".enant if you get his attention, he will walk over, bite your face, and sit on you.
the candidates watch them doing that and say, oh no, not me. let the bear eat. it is ok, i don't want to bother them. that started with low-energy jeb bush. people forget who donald j. trump is. all of these people in the news media, and this is the major part of the watershed. this is a genuine watershed. there is in old world that is much deeper than just liberalism. there is the post-november 8 world. it real, i tell everybody the trump rally has to be turned into the trump reality. there is a big gap. not figure out, this is a guy who made his entire living marketing to consumers. he thought every day, how do i get you to come to my hotel, my
casino, might tv show, how do i get you to buy mai tais? we were debating one day and he said, would assure vice? i said, you are a better debater than i am because he -- he is a totally different debater than i am. i am not denigrating myself. i am ok. [laughter] mr. gingrich: but he into it's the audience in a way i cannot. intuits the audience in a way i cannot. by the way, jeb bush is a totally fine guide. a friend. the jeb ends up literally running to prove the he is not low-energy. [laughter] mr. gingrich: this is not easy. i am just telling you, one of the great disgraces of the
propaganda media we have which all of us should describe the propaganda media. drop the term "news media" until they earn it. the propaganda media cannot come to grips with the level of talent they are dealing with. you -- i would say to you -- a brief commercial " is available as an e-book. was puzzled. the first breakthrough with me was the fox debate in august when trump and megyn kelly got into a brawl. if you watch after that debate, everybody in the elite, groups groups,ocus social organisms, they talked themselves into positions they did not believe. a key part of what happened in 2016 is they finally had the
guts to say, no, that is not true. and people that, while we did not do was either. laughter] mr. gingrich: i am watching after the debate all of these people pontificating and they are unanimous. there were still 16 other candidates at that point. on the internet, on the various voting things, not just from right wing places, 70% of the people voting were picking trump. i am sitting there as a historian going ok, all of the elites believed this and 70% of the american people believe this. this is an anomaly so large you have to stop in and make you do not know what is going on and that is how i spent most of last year. i would walk around going, well that was weird. somethingand then else would happen. so remember, when i talk about , heident trump being unique
defeated 16 republican candidates. let me repeat this. nobody at the washington post or new york times gets this yet. he defeated 16 candidates, many of whom were first-class candidates. not stupid people. governors, senators, you know, and it was simple. they would show up and say to the audience, i have been a successful governor. because they decided they wanted somebody who would kick over the table. they did not leave washington could be managed. they believed with the gallup poll in which 75% of the people said there is widespread corruption. widespread corruption. 25 million americas according to gallup had dropped out of the class and they were mad. and don't was a general sense that washington was out of the control. 62% of the republican voters were mad at their own leadership. they would say, hello i've been
working hard washington and they were thick, that's it. next person. groupis one particular who in mid-croissant will take your stuff and put it through the shredder while you are watching. it is to moralizing. -- it is demoralizing. the one person even close with ted cruz, who was a princeton debater and a harvard law graduate and had it a great speech on the potential for taking over the table. in addition, he could prove he was prepared to go left of center because he was totally disruptive. people it's a common this is a guy who totally would not work of the senate because he does not been happily through his great speech, donald trump would walk on the stage, kick over the table, and walk off. theoretical speech, kicked over the table. which do i want?
then of course, everybody would attack, he once went bankrupt. the people would say, yes but he is going to kick over the table. or he was married three times and they would say, yes but he is going to kick up with no one in the media could figure this out. he figured out what the country was desperate for. they are not here to accommodate washington. they are here to kick over the table. [applause] mr. gingrich: and let's be very clear about something because i'm watching now and luckily i'm old enough i don't get too angry
about it. we use a word that's very harsh, but i will explain it in a minute. the same idiots who failed to understand trump was going to win the nomination then failed to understand trump was going to win the general election. they are now commenting on trump's cabinet. it would be like having a sports reporter who miss reported a football game talking about how many home runs were hit. you would get a new reporter. all of these people -- you have people out here on tv who have been consistently wrong for two solid years and they get promoted. because their editors were even more wrong. then, they tell us what they think, which is junk. it's important to put this in context. these are the same people who are as wrong about the cabinet as they were about the general election. keep that in mind every time you hear it. we were only wrong about half the time on fox and that was a miracle compared to some of the networks which were not in touch with planet earth.
it was the professional billion dollar clinton campaign on behalf of the inevitable next president who forgot there was an electoral college. trump, who supposed to be an amateur, getting to 270 really matters. as a businessman, we are going to keep score by 270. he said not going to california, i'm not going to new york, i'm not going to illinois. i'm going to get killed in those states but it won't matter. if i carried pennsylvania, wisconsin and michigan, i will be elected. he actually broke the code. [laughter] mr. gingrich: with reince priebus' help, and chairman priebus deserves a lot of credit because he is from wisconsin.
they figured out if they walked into milwaukee, the democrats might go to milwaukee. if they go to minneapolis, the national media would say these guys are so stupid. they think they're going to carry minnesota. i don't know why they are being this stupid. what they knew that no one in the washington press corps and it was minneapolis television covers southern wisconsin. so they were getting all the coverage of southern wisconsin without letting the democrats think about wisconsin. she went off somewhere. by that stage, i wasn't paying any attention. it is the smaller, less expensive trump team that figured out the keys to the american system. particularly the core group toward the end, steve bannon, kellyanne conway, jared kushner who did an amazing job.
they were handling the candidate part of the campaign while reince priebus and others had 7500 fieldworkers having learned the lessons of 2012. it was a synergistic impact of trump on big rallies and on the internet with a systematic rnc, probably the biggest since mark hanna that really came together and we won. at that point, the media went into a state of shock. but the center of all of this, the person without whom it would not have happened is donald j. trump. you have to remember it was his vision of making america great again. it wasn't just that he was a good, articulate guy, he had a message. it was a message the other candidates could not understand and could not articulate.
he would say it again and again -- we can make america great again. he combined two different things -- huge rallies and twitter and facebook. i think he currently has 28 million people on twitter and facebook. as you grow twitter and facebook, you can decide on a tuesday, let's go to tampa on friday afternoon. tweet everybody in florida at no cost. this is why billion-dollar campaigns are not indicative of being smart. go to florida and 30,000 people show up. they all bring smartphones, so they are all taking pictures. he gets out there, he stops, he lets everybody take his picture.
what do they do? they put it on facebook, on instagram. 30,000 people becomes notionally a minimum of 1,200,000 people network, three times the size of msnbc. [laughter] mr. gingrich: because you are drawing media coverage, your rally is on television live for free. the key night was the florida primary. he's selling trump wine, trump water, trump steaks. and he's doing two things. this is the point where mitt romney had been his nastiest, suggesting trump wasn't a real businessman even though he was worth 50 times as much as mitt.
we are not going there this week. the second thing he was doing is testing the networks. hillary starts to speak -- i've never seen this before in american history. hillary starts to speak and not a single network covers her because they understand in the age of the clicker, everyone will leave because they want to see what else trump is bringing out. are you going to get a camel? who knows what he's going to do next? one of my great plays of the campaign was i challenged them to write an elephant into the convention. you have to remember he had an instinct for totally dominating the media. the only other president who has the totality trump has is abraham lincoln. there are several great books on abraham lincoln and his ability to deal with the media. what do you get? you get a thank you tour. there are two really good
reasons for a thank you tour. it dominates the media and i have a theory going back to reagan -- you -- i think romney was -- they were going to talk about romney and trump said that's good. i hope he does rallies for his whole presidency. he draws the strength of reminding himself he's the tribune of the american people. not of washington. it's very important for him to see 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 people and be reminded that he speaks for them and then he has a moral authority nobody in the bureaucracy or congress has. it's very important if trumpism is going to succeed. the only rise comparable to trump is lincoln's rise. this is an almost entirely
trump-manufactured rise. it was a continuous application of intuition and energy. the only other person i know who personally managed that kind of rise was lincoln. trump is now in an amazing place. it's astonishing to me as a historian how the elite media missed all of this. they are so rabid, they're so ideologically committed, so terrified of the future that they cannot stop and ask themselves what is this anomaly? they just can't do it. you see it in today's stories. it is amazing to me how much the elite media and many of the think tanks, not heritage, have
attacked trump instead of studying him. "the washington post" ran a piece on the degree to which trump is pointing an ayn rand cabinet. if you are on the left, she's the kind of person you never read but once saw the cover of the book. [laughter] mr. gingrich: i'm going to come back to that in a minute. somebody sent me an article from the post which -- they are citing it in terms -- i'm arguing he is an anti-john gault. if you look at "atlas shrugged," john gault is a billionaire who withdraws from society because he's so sick of the welfare state and so sick of redistribution and so sick of the idea that creative people are being dragged down by noncreative people.
it is both defensive and cowardly. all of these people are so incompetent that he's withdrawing from the fight. they are going to go on strike and all the creative people are going to refuse to be creative and society will grind down. this might have seemed plausible if you read the "new york times" coverage of the soviet union. where john gault retreats, trump attacks. where john gault goes to a mountain fastness, trump goes to the american people. where john gault withdraws, trump says let's have a movement. john gault says it's over and all we can do is hold up in the mountain fastness, trump says why don't we make an american great again?
it's a wonderful civil overlay that says the road to opportunity is to arouse the american people and with them, take back their country and he is living it out. that makes him, i think, a extraordinary figure. he could have gone to mara largo and that would have been the john gault withdrawal. he could've gone to 15 different golf courses and hidden. instead, he voluntarily decided to go into the public arena -- this is a guy who survived new york media. he knew was going to be vicious, nasty and personal because it had always been that way in new york. he said trying to lead america is worth paying the price both financially and personally. he announced, we can solve our problems, we can make america
great again. he went to the american people, aroused their spirit and gave them hope. trump is an optimist where gault was a pessimist. you attack trump, he immediately counterattacks. that's not a function of personality. he learned with the new york media that you hit back as fast as you can because that's the next edition. you never get by with letting them hit you. show him an opening and he will take it. trumpism is much more than just motion, much more than being active. it is an appeal to the american people. think about the phrases that work. trump is in the tradition of washington, jefferson, jackson, lincoln, roosevelt and ronald reagan.
in every case, they believed in the american people, they aroused the american people and led the american people to victory over entrenched, powerful interests. trump is a combination of andrew jackson, theodore roosevelt and pt barnum. that's the best way to understand him. he is as disruptive as jackson, as energetic as theodore roosevelt, and he sells all day, every day. and by the way, he likes that analogy. he thinks selling is fine. but you ought to be actively out there. i think the victory is much more than a personal achievement. you now have more republican state legislators at any time in history of the party going back to 1854. 34 governors, control of the
senate, control of the house. there is an underlying thing which has been building that started with reagan in 1980 and we renewed it in 1984 and there have been detours when you have had republicans that do not get it. the country below that, there has been a continuous, study migration in -- 25 states have republican governors and republican legislatures. that's why you have to have a movement. if you are in control, what are the principles you're going to apply? we have just begun work. all you have done is won a ticket to the dance. now we have to dance. we have to dance for eight solid years so well that the country elects another republican establishing firmly we have replaced the fdr model and we are now in a time of very
different government. think about the phrases trump used -- make america great again. you can't get more politically incorrect. can you imagine if you walked into a typical ivy league university and said my goal is to make america great again. they would have kicked you out. you are a weird nationalist to do and understand the larger, global nature. that implies some people are not great and we should all be great, so why do we be equally great and we will give out greatness cups to everybody and they can all feel great. this is what trumpism is a rebellion against. [applause] mr. gingrich: then you have the amazing contrast between protect america's borders between hillary's dream as she said to the brazilian bankers of an open border for the entire western hemisphere. so 600 million people can visit when they want to.
trump says fight for trade deals rather than deals that kill american jobs. if you are the elite, you would wonder about why you are doing that because all of those jobs are in the flyover country and those with people you never meet anyway. trump actually believes we should defeat isis. he said we should protect christianity. he said two nights ago that it's ok to say merry christmas again. the endless, vicious, uncaring assaults on the left by things like saying merry christmas are going to drive the country apart. he says we should drain the swamp. a position held by almost everybody except the swamp. [laughter] mr. gingrich: he wants to end the corruption.
gallup reports 75% believe that is widespread. he thinks we should speak bluntly and deliberately and methodically break up political correctness. look at it again and again, these are the course of trump is him -- of trumpism that resonate with people. say i'm proud of the american flag and they resonate. then the current president is talking about why it's ok to not stand up for the national anthem because they might have a need to convey the depth of their unfamiliarity of what is happening and we must -- this country has treated the multimillionaire athletes so badly that they only have seven rolls-royce's and three houses.
americans look at this kind of americans look at this kind of junk and say i have two futures. i get weirdness and i get normalcy. to the great shock of the media, weirdness lost. people came to the rallies not just to see trump, but to hear him. this is why i think trumpism is real. it was -- he's a brilliant messenger but if he sounded like a normal left winger, people would say that is weird. think about the people who were the hats that said "make america great again." i was in a rally shortly after hillary clinton talked about the deplorables and i saw three women wearing shirts that said i'm an adorable deplorable. if you want to call us names, we will wear the name proudly and run over you. i hope they will send t-shirts to hillary for christmas.
when the elite media smeared, what i call the propaganda media smeared trump, the american people cited with trump. "the new york times" was the worst offender among the print media. it's hard to say who is the worst offender among tv because they were so aggressively competing with each other. when "the new york times" printed article about trump's bad behavior toward women and the women says they printed the opposite of what i told him. that's when you realize something profound is breaking in the old order. the old order is getting clumsy and stupid. the genuine revolution was building. the campaign culmination of
defining the trump movement and trumpism, and i urge you to read these two, was the remarkable speech on october 22 at gettysburg where he outlined -- i think it is the archetype and it's worth looking at because it has many layers of ideas and it would be impossible for any reasonable person to read the speech and suggest trump was devoid of policies and ideas. equally important in the long run was his speech and the release of the new deal for african-americans. these two documents represent a blueprint for the next couple of years that is profoundly different than where we have been. now, we see a new phase of defining trumpism in the cabinet selection process. the way he has selected this cabinet is very impressive.
he's reaching beyond the accepted establishment systems. for example, he is willing to assemble a team -- the elite media is so hostile that they cannot bring themselves to stop and take a deep breath and look at what is going on. he is assembling a team no one was prepared for. trump describes, and i recommend to all of you "the art of the deal," still the best single book on how he thinks -- he describes over and over that he wants the best. when he has the right to build the hyatt in manhattan, he wanted to be unique and the best. when he built trump tower, he wanted to be the best. he has this constant drive to be the best. and he is willing to work extra hard to do what it takes to be the best. let's look at the cabinet. general mattis is as good an
officer as has served. he's an intellectual, a warrior, totally patriotic and trump has said in effect, i'm willing to ask for the first waiver since 1950 -- only one waiver has ever gotten a waiver to serve as secretary of state since george marshall during the korean war. trump says this guy is so good i will ask for a waiver. if you look, there has been almost no opposition. this is the guy we could not trust and his first choice was jim mattis. then, remarkably, he picks john kelly, marine general, to be head of national security. he's a remarkable public servant. he lost his son in combat. he's dedicated to serving the
country and he is perfectly prepared, literally the best person in the country if you are serious about our southern border, there's nobody better then john kelly. you could say take those and add general flynn, that's three general, is that too many? not for the american public. the only institution they think is not corrupt, it's the military. and you say shouldn't we replace those guys with lawyers or harvard professors? think about it. this is why the left is in such trouble. kelly will be a remarkable leader and if you read his brief statement, he talks about the end of political correctness. not quite the statement you might have guessed. he knows more about controlling america's border and defeating both terrorists and drug dealers than anybody else i know of in the american system.
then rex tillerson who would be the news media's horrifying example. i want to confess upfront, tillerson has a huge problem. he is successful. being successful in the largest corporation in the world, he has actually been involved with making money. [laughter] mr. gingrich: it's going to get worse, i'm sorry. but the heritage tradition is one of speaking truth. tillerson has gone around the world negotiating agreements with foreign countries. successfully. on behalf of an american company. if you are john kerry -- [laughter] mr. gingrich: or hillary clinton, or the entire state department and your entire career is one of going around the world unsuccessfully negotiating non-agreements, tillerson is horrifying.
what if he actually effectively represents america? what if we get good deals and he's able to explain trumpism to the world? all these foreign people he has dealt with his entire career, they are not going to say you are not going to send rex to see me. he's going to be so well-received around the planet that he automatically changes who people think trump is. they now think trump is smart enough to hire really smart people and he's going to give really smart orders. tillerson has to be attacked by the left because if you can't attack the head of exxon mobil, you need to give up your card in the socialist party and go home. but, he's a remarkably successful -- and even worse, he's an eagle scout. there are various left-wing
rallies where you go talk about eagle scouts and what are they going to do next? that's the first step toward fascism. they wear uniforms. this is the beginning of the militarization of america. they will probably have girls wearing uniforms. girl scout manual from 1913 has girls in uniform and it is a totally patriotic thing. you can get it at the home of the founder of the girl scouts. the old order are deeply worried. now there's tom price. not only did he replace me, he's a great doctor, his wife is a doctor, but as an example of how bitter and unending the media is going to be, the "new york times" manages to write an
entire article about mr. price. dr. jill biden is always dr. jill biden because she is dr. jill biden, but dr. tom price is a medical doctor, by the way is not dr. tom price in the "new york times" because that would imply trump has picked someone for health care who actually knew something about health care. given the left's constant track record of trying to find people who know nothing to get people in charge of things, price is the doctor, chair of the budget committee and a great choice. imagine governor nikki haley. indian-american, small business woman, governor, if only she were a liberal democrat. he has to mildly disappear
because if she admitted trump picked her, it might mean trump is more diverse than they think, so he can't have picked her, so she may as well be ambassador for several years before you ever hear her name. betsy devos, a woman who has spent millions of dollars trying to help poor children. a clear commitment to a new deal for african-americans. even better, dr. ben carson. this guy is amazing. he is a world-class pediatrician, he has spoken twice at the national prayer breakfast, he has written books used widely by homeschoolers, he had a movie made about him called gifted hands. and the news media thinks he probably won't be able to learn
enough to do hud. >> that of those people have ever been in the hud building. they would now that that would probably be ok. i do two newsletters a week. i wrote a column and said the real point here is moral authority. you are putting somebody who rose from poverty to become a world-class surgeon, who is prepared to talk about morality, about family, about discipline, about the work ethic. that makes ben carson the most civic -- significant appointment. what may be the smartest cabinet of modern times, we should be clear about it. it would be incompatible with their view.
cabinet asbe this ignoramuses, billionaires, and if you generals. the person who wrote that was an idiotic comment. that person to is an egg ignoramus. this set the framework for the movement that we going to have to engage. someone whois by wrote the black swan. you can google it. it is an intellectual you idiot. it is the most useful single article i have ever yet -- ever read. people who are really good at .aking tests and writing essays that gets them into elite colleges where they take classes from professors who are really good at taking tests and writing essays. when they take tests and write essays, they have good grades.
so then they can continue to take tests and write essays. you probably these people as they do not know anything. they could write a brilliant essay on how to change a tire, but if you say my car has a flat, they would not know how to change the tire. this is the best expiration of what i have been dealing with. explains 80% of the state department. these are very very erudite people. their intellectuals, but they are idiots. trump is not a financier. he is a builder. if you build a building, it has to stand up very it is a very important principle. the realityd with that you have been governed by people in both parties who would not have a clue how to build a building. it explains -- and this is why
it will be a huge ongoing fight for the next generation, because we will be rooting out the intellectual idiots. they will deeply hate what we are doing and will write brilliant essays attacking us for being against their rights to be an idiot. the other book i recommend is called coming apart. it is about what has happened. rise what hethe calls super zip codes. these are neighborhoods in which people are in the top 5% economically and are in the top 5% in educational attainment. he says people from princeton, harvard, yale, merry people from princeton, harvard, yale. they have children they send to prep schools, go to those three schools, and moved to zip codes surrounded by people who want to those schools. when trump began to rise, none of them understood the power of the apprentice. it was not on pbs. [laughter]