Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in on the New York Times "1619 Project" series marking 400 years since the first slaves came to America Monday morning on "FOX & Friends."
GRIFF JENKINS, FOX NEWS: The headline is "The 1619 Project" and the quote inside is, "It aims to reframe the country's history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are."
You're a historian, your reaction?
NEWT GINGRICH: The whole project is a lie. Look, I think slavery is a terrible thing. I think putting slavery in context is important. We still have slavery in places around the world today, so we need to recognize this is an ongoing story. I think certainly if you're an African-American, slavery is at the center of what you see as the American experience. But for most Americans, most of the time, there were a lot of other things going on. There were several hundred thousand white Americans who died in the Civil War in order to free the slaves.
I saw one reference that the New York Times claims that the American Revolution was caused, in part, to defend slavery. That is such historically, factually false nonsense that it is embarrassing the New York Times is doing this.
But, if you saw the recent leaked interview town hall meeting with the New York Times editor, he basically said, look, "We blew it on Russian collusion, now we're going to go to racism, that's our new model, the next two years will be Trump and racism." This is a tragic decline of the New York Times into a propaganda paper worthy of Pravda.