With national polls now showing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump edging out Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical matchup, discussion of November’s election has moved away from the GOP’s contentious primary to a struggling Democrat front-runner.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has endorsed and frequently offered support for Trump in the media, appeared recently on the Fox News Channel to analyze the Democrat side of the 2016 electoral equation. As polling shows Trump not only gaining on Clinton but increasingly beating her, Gingrich made a bold prediction about the coming months.
“I don’t think they signal a really close race by November,” he told host Maria Bartiromo. “If you look at the trend line, they signal that Trump will probably consolidate and Hillary will probably continue to stagnate.”
After serving as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, Clinton is a known entity, Gingrich pointed out, who has consistently had difficulty rallying support.
America has “had a long, long time to get to know Hillary Clinton,” he said, “and she cannot build a base that works.”
Gingrich predicted many disaffected young Democrats will cross party lines to support Trump in November. Additionally, he noted, Clinton faces the added obstacle of a persistent primary foe in Bernie Sanders.
Amid allegations Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has helped paved the way to Clinton’s nomination bid, Sanders recently endorsed the Florida congresswoman’s challenger. Such a move, Gingrich posed, is indicative of a “civil war” within the party.
“Sanders is committed to go all the way to the convention in a really bitter fight,” asserted the former Georgia congressman who, many believe, could be on Trump’s short list for the vice presidential slot.
The 2012 GOP presidential candidate went on to predict the Democrat Party “will be in shambles by the end of the summer.”
When pressed on whether Clinton might pick the Vermont senator as her running mate, Gingrich indicated such an arrangement made little sense to him.
“Bernie, in the end, what are you going to say?” he asked in reference to Sanders’ frequent criticism of his rival.
Gingrich also noted that Sanders does not tick off the special-interest boxes he believes Clinton is looking for in a running mate.
“My hunch is that she’s looking for a Latino,” he said. “She’s looking for the next generation, a younger person.”