On Monday, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich blasted former Gov. Mitt Romney for trying, and failing, to spoke-jam the locomotive that is GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Specifically, he has called it “pathetic,” and “not particularly effective.”
“It’s pathetic,” the former speaker said. “I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre. Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are.”
Gingrich has often been a friend of Trump, whom he admires, and often been an enemy of Mitt Romney, to whom he lost the 2012 primary nomination. That being said, a statement like this was very surprising nonetheless, considering his generally tactful nature in dealing within the political realm.
Romney has become the spearhead of the continuing “never Trump” campaign by some conservatives and the GOP establishment. He called Trump a “phony” and “fraud” in March. But for all his bombast and political firepower, he hasn’t been terribly effective.
“Objectively it has not hurt Trump, who I suspect by the way will carry Utah,” said Gingrich of Romney’s current home state.
Asked what advice he would give Trump’s campaign, Gingrich said to be “less aggressively obnoxious than he is.” But he also acknowledged that Trump was doing just fine by himself.
“It’s like going to (Walmart founder) Sam Walton and saying ‘Hi, I’ve got these great retailing ideas. Why don’t you do small boutiques and only sell high-end products.’”
Gingrich has been mentioned by many as a possible vice presidential pick for Trump, an idea that his recent statements seem to indicate Gingrich would respond to favorably.
“His potential for tearing apart the left is vastly greater even than Reagan’s,” he said of Trump. “He’s willing to be politically incorrect.”
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