The slow decline of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign began after his horrendous performance in the first debate. That slow decline later turned into an almost complete collapse following the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood recording featuring the candidate talking about assaulting women. Things got even worse, if you can imagine that being possible, when The New York Times reported that two women have come forward to say Trump touched them inappropriately. And Republicans have been abandoning ship in droves.
Now even one of Trump’s top surrogates is harshly criticizing his behavior.
Newt Gingrich appeared on the Fox Business Channel on Thursday morning where he offered some very tough love for his friend. The conversation centered around Trump’s lashing out at Republican leaders, in particular Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, during a campaign stop on Wednesday.
In Florida, Trump whined that Ryan had not called him to offer congratulations after Sunday night’s debate. He told the crowd that he was expecting to hear the speaker say something like,
“Congratulations, you did a great job, you absolutely destroyed her in the debate like everybody said.”
Gingrich was amazed that Trump would complain about something as petty as a phone call. He said,
“Donald Trump has one opponent. Her name is Hillary Clinton. Her name is not Paul Ryan. It’s not anybody else.”
But that wasn’t the former House Speaker’s harshest critique. Gingrich also described Trump as a sort of “Jekyll and Hyde” personality.
“Look, first of all, let me just say about Trump, who I admire and I’ve tried to help as much as I can. There’s a big Trump and a little Trump. The little Trump is frankly pathetic. I mean, he’s mad over not getting a phone call?”
Even a trusted Trump confidant like Gingrich knows that Trump is an unstable personality. What would it be like with him in the White House? Which Trump would speak to foreign leaders, especially leaders of countries with which the U.S. has a less than friendly relationship? If there truly is a “Big Trump” and a “Little Trump,” where is the big one hiding? Because we have seen much more of Little Trump than his supposedly more rational counterpart.
Here’s what Gingrich told host Maria Bartiromo, via YouTube:
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