Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said today that Republican nominee Donald Trump has been "self-destructive" of late. Gingrich, who has endorsed Trump, said Trump should "grow into the size of the job."
"Can he in August slow down, take a deep breath and reorganize how he's operating so that he gets to the standard of a potential president of the United States? He has not done that up to now," Gingrich said on the Fox Business channel.
In speaking to Fox New's Maria Bartiromo, Gingrich praised Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). The latter, said Gingrich, is a “terrific human being,” whom Trump has declined to endorse for reelection. Gingrich said that Ryan is "probably the most problem-solving leader we've had in the Congress on the Republican side in the last 20 years." He added, "I think some of what Trump has done is very self-destructive."
Gingrich said that unlike an episode of Trump’s hit television show, "The Apprentice," "He doesn't get to say, 'You're fired.' The American people get to say you're fired."
"I think he has the potential to win the election, I think he has to potential to be a historic president, but to do that he's got to grow into the size of the job," Gingrich said.
There are reports that Gingrich and other Republicans, including RNC chief Reince Priebus, are seeking to intervene with Trump to make him focus on campaign issues. Gingrich told Bartiromo,
"There's always going to be a residual possibility that Trump can win."
McCain and Ryan have each had difficult political relations with Trump. While both have endorsed Trump, they did so belatedly and not without some criticisms. Over the July 30-31 weekend, Ryan and McCain denounced statements Trump made about the Muslim Pakistani parents of a U.S. Army captain who died in combat in Iraq twelve years ago. They thus joined Democrats and others in their criticisms of the feud with Khizr Khan: a lawyer and immigrant who slammed Trump for supposed ignorance of the U.S. Constitution in an appearance at the Democratic National Convention.
Yesterday, Trump said that he is not ready to endorse Ryan, while also saying that McCain’s work on behalf of military veterans was less than acceptable.
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