• June 24, 2024

Newt Gingrich Blasts Trump: His Behavior Has Been “Very Self-Destructive”

Donald Trump’s behavior over the past week has been “very self-destructive” to his campaign, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday, comparing the Republican nominee to a Hall of Fame quarterback who is in the midst of an interception-throwing slump.

“Trump is still behaving like as though it was the primaries and there were 17 candidates. He has not made the transition to being the potential president of the United States, which is a much tougher league,” Gingrich said in an interview on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria.” “People are going to watch you every single day. They’re going to take everything they can out of context, and he is not yet performing at the level that you need to.”

Gingrich remarked that Trump’s performance recalled quarterback Joe Montana’s “stretch during his career where he kept throwing interceptions, and, for about half a season, it looked like he wasn’t Joe Montana anymore.”

“And then he figured out what he was doing, and he changed. Trump, Trump is in that kind of a slump,” said Gingrich, a Trump supporter who was under final consideration for the vice-presidential slot before Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was chosen.

“It’s like watching a team go out on the field, throw an interception on the first play and go back off the field again,” Gingrich continued, alluding to a host of recent comments and battles Trump has waged over the course of the past week, including sparring with the family of a fallen U.S. Army captain who spoke out against him at the Democratic convention; refusing to back prominent Republicans like Paul Ryan, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte in their elections; joking about tossing a baby out of his rally on Tuesday; and generally responding to any personal attack against him.

Trump has “thrown a series of interceptions in the last week that really do not bode well for his campaign,” Gingrich warned.

But with 97 days to go until Election Day, Gingrich pointed to “two huge advantages” in Trump’s favor: “One is the country really wants change, and the other is Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt and dishonest candidate we’ve ever had for president.”

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