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 BecerraTrump is right: Healthcare should be handled by the states California attorney general calls for unauthorized immigration to be decriminalized Pelosi announces lawsuit to block Trump's emergency declaration 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 SessionsThe Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump Trump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller MORE, is not viewed as competitive.