Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said on Sunday that Republicans must choose between helping their presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, or supporting Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
In a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, the former Speaker was asked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) flirting with the idea of restarting his presidential campaign.
“I mean I just think — I don’t know what Ted was thinking of,” Gingrich said. “To me, it’s pretty clear that this is over. Trump is the nominee. That’s why I disagreed with [Speaker] Paul Ryan [R-Wis.]. I thought that the moment to say, ‘OK, we have the leader of the team, let’s pull the team together, let’s go beat Hillary,’ has arrived.
“You’re either for Hillary Clinton or you’re for Donald Trump. If you’re not for Donald Trump, you are functionally helping Hillary Clinton. I think it’s just that straightforward.”
Gingrich’s comments come as a rebuke to Republicans who are rumored to be exploring the possibility of a conservative third-party candidate to block Trump from taking the White House.