In recent weeks, many pundits were wondering whether Newt Gingrich would be No. 2 in the White House in a Donald Trump administration. Now, the former House speaker might be consigned to the doghouse after criticizing Trump for attacking the judge hearing the class action lawsuit against Trump University.
In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Gingrich, who had been considered a leading vice presidential contender for Trump’s ticket, was blunt in scolding the presumptive GOP nominee for his comments about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Trump said the judge had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the case because of his “Mexican heritage.”
“This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable,” Gingrich said.
“He has every right to criticize a judge. He has every right to say certain decisions aren’t right, and his attorneys can file to move the venue from the judge. But first of all this judge was born in Indiana. He is an American. Period,” Gingrich said.
“I was surprised at Newt. I thought it was inappropriate, what he said,” Trump said.
Gingrich downplayed the spat on Monday.
“We have a disagreement on this. I admire him a lot. I think what he’s done is historic. I think he has a very real chance of becoming president. This one I happen to disagree with him on,” he said. “But I don’t think that’s a game changer — in the sense that overall he is so much better than Hillary Clinton. And I think that any conservative and any Republican has to be for Donald Trump because that’s straightforward.”
“I also think we’re big boys and we’re not going to agree 100 percent,” he added. “And that’s fine. That doesn’t mean you break up the campaign or that you’ve failed to be on the same team.”
h/t: Raw Story