Newt Gingrich said in an interview that Donald Trump lashes out “almost uncontrollably” against his critics. Speaking to the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker yesterday, the former Republican Speaker of the House used a "Big Trump, Little Trump" analogy to describe how he views the GOP presidential nominee. Gingrich described a side of Little Trump’s personality that’s “very sensitive, particularly to anything which attacks his own sense of integrity or his own sense of respectability, and he reacts very intensely, almost uncontrollably, to those kinds of situations.”
 
“I think that’s a weakness,” he told Drucker. “I hope he grows out of it.”
 
Last week, Gingrich first brought up the theme of the two Trumps during an interview with Fox Business Network last week. He said Little Trump is “frankly pathetic” for being upset when House Speaker Paul Ryan failed to congratulate him after the second presidential debate. Gingrich praised "Big Trump" as an outsider who is changing the American political landscape. “However, there’s also a part of his personality that sometimes gets involved in petty things that make no sense,” he conceded, “and I think that that’s what I was talking about when I talk about there’s a big Trump and a little Trump.”
 
Gingrich has been supportive, overall, of Trump's candidacy.
 
“The big Trump is a historic figure talking about historic ideas. The little Trump gets involved at a personality level,” he said in reference to the candidate's post on Twitter blasting a Saturday Night Live skit in which he was portrayed by actor Alec Baldwin. Trump called the skit a “hit job” and called for the “boring and unfunny show” to “retire.” 
 
“Well, if you’re gonna be president of the United States and a historic figure and not just change America but also change a lot about how we lead the world, you don’t descend to being the equivalent of Alec Baldwin,” Gingrich said. "But on balance,” Gingrich added, “he still remains a remarkable and a very formidable player.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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