“I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird …”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who Republican president candidate Donald Trump has said is on his vice presidential short list, Monday derided Mitt Romney’s efforts to stop Trump.
“It’s pathetic. … I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are.”
In March, the former Massachusetts governor launched a blistering attack on Trump, calling him a “phony” and a “fraud.” The speech added momentum to the #NeverTrump movement — Republicans and conservatives who say they will never support the billionaire’s candidacy.
Since Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee after the Indiana primary, Romney reportedly has been at the center of GOP figures who are trying to find someone to run as a third-party or independent candidate, but those efforts have not come to fruition. Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, has said he will not run.
Gingrich on Monday said that Romney’s efforts produced little more than noise, calling them “not particularly effective … Objectively it has not hurt Trump, who I suspect by the way will carry Utah.” Utah is Romney’s home state.
The former speaker dismissed concerns that Trump does not hew to the GOP orthodox line on issues including taxes and the minimum wage.
“His potential for tearing apart the left is vastly greater even than [Ronald] Reagan’s,” Gingrich said. “He’s willing to be politically incorrect.”
Gingrich has noted that although Trump may be unorthodox, so is American politics.
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