by Daniel Stephens
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has had an interesting relationship with Donald Trump‘s campaign for the White House in recent weeks. About a month ago, Newt was being considered as a possible vice-presidential running mate for Trump. Shortly after, he was a featured speaker at the RNC. Gingrich even tried to clean up for Trump after Ted Cruz’s speech by smoothing over the Texas Senator’s comments. Come to the present day and Newt Gingrich seems to have turned on Trump as well. The Washington Post reports:
“The current race is which of these two is the more unacceptable, because right now, neither of them is acceptable,” he said. “Trump is helping her to win by proving he is more unacceptable than she is.”
The failure of Ted Cruz to endorse Donald at the RNC may have been just the “tip of the iceberg” as there seems to be some intense dissatisfaction and disunity broiling within the GOP right now. The differing endorsement positions for Paul Ryan‘s reelection between Trump and Mike Pence is just one example of this. Some Republican strategists believe that Trump still has time to fix these problems, but that he must act intentionally and soon.
“I’m pulling for him, but he’s not driving on the pavement. He’s in the ditch,” said Henry Barbour, an RNC member and longtime strategist in Mississippi. “I’m frustrated. There’s time to fix it, but there’s one person who can fix it. It’s up to him.”
Has Donald’s recent behavior really made him even more unpalatable to the American people? Is this just media contrived controversy? Is the Republican establishment going rogue to sabotage him? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or in the comments below.