Gingrich: Media was right, special elections were a referendum

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday said he thinks the media is correct in that the recent Congressional special elections have been a referendum on President Trump.

"The news media had it right," Gingrich said on "Fox & Friends."

"This was a referendum on Trump. He won. The problem for the news media is they can't come to grips with the fact that in five different specials the Republicans have won."

He added: "And that sort of says, maybe Trump's doing a lot better in America than he is in the news media."

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His comments come after Republican Karen Handel won Georgia's special House election runoff Tuesday night, dealing a major blow to Democrats who were hoping to score an early win against President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump during a Wednesday rally slammed the Democrats for their recent losses in Congressional special elections and the media for being clueless about Republican victories.

"The truth is, people love us ... they haven't figured it out yet," Trump said, speaking to a rally in Iowa.

He also boasted that the GOP is 5-0 for special election victories, though of the five special elections held so far, Democrats retained former Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum MORE's safely Democratic seat in California's 34th District.

Republicans have retained four of the five open seats vacated by congressmen joining the Trump administration. The fifth, an open Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' MORE, is not viewed as competitive.