- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2016

Newt Gingrich thinks Donald Trump would be beating Hillary Clinton by 15 points if is wasn’t for the news media’s “unending one-sided assault” against the Republican presidential nominee.

The former House speaker suggested Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week” that “the news media” are responsible for rigging the election in favor of Mrs. Clinton.

“This is not about election officials at the precinct level,” the Trump surrogate told ABC host Martha Raddatz. “This is about last Friday when the networks spent 23 minutes on the Trump tape and less than one minute — all three networks combined — on the Hillary Clinton’s secret speeches that were being revealed on WikiLeaks.

“I think that without the unending one-sided assault of the news media, Trump would be beating Hillary by 15 points,” Mr. Gingrich said.

The former Republican presidential candidate said bias in the media is the worst he’s seen in his lifetime, “and I’m old enough that’s a fairly long statement.”

Mr. Trump has repeated claims on the campaign trail that the election is “rigged,” though his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said he will accept the Election Day results.

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A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Monday found that 41 percent of voters think the election could be stolen from Mr. Trump. 

“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places,” Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday.

Mr. Gingrich agreed that voters should “monitor” polling stations.

“You look at Philadelphia, you look at St. Louis, you look at Chicago, I mean, again I’m old enough, I remember when Richard Nixon had the election stolen in 1960 and no serious historian doubts that Illinois and Texas were stolen,” he said. “So to suggest that we have — that you don’t have theft in Philadelphia is to deny reality.”

Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani echoed those same sentiments on Sunday.

“I’m sorry, dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans,” the former New York City mayor said on CNN’s State of the Union. “You want me to [say] that I think the election in Philadelphia and Chicago is going to be fair? I would have to be a moron to say that.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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