Allow me to share yet another bit of info on Donald Trump’s election campaign. Ensure that you keep yourself up-to-date!:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has never let his support for Republican nominee Donald Trump stop him from criticizing the billionaire businessman over the course of the campaign.
Just this month, he slammed Trump’s handling of the general election effort, calling out the candidate’s “self-destructive behavior,” and urging Trump to step up his game.
So when the one-time vice presidential prospect went on “Fox & Friends” this week with a poll-defying prediction of a Trump victory in November, even conservatives who don’t like the GOP standard bearer should have been pleased.
During the interview, Gingrich said Trump’s two speeches this week, as well as recent staffing moves — naming Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon as his campaign’s CEO and pollster and adviser Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager – were going to move the Trump train forward.
“Running for president is a huge job and needs a lot of talent,” Gingrich said. “These are two very smart people Trump has brought in.”
They’re going to have to be. Gingrich was speaking Thursday, the day before the man who had been Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, announced he’s leaving in the face of news reports that showed his lobbying firm had engaged in a behind-the-scenes public relations effort with American media and lawmakers on behalf of pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine.
Manafort’s primary role in the Trump operation was getting the candidate over the hump of the nomination process Gingrich told “Fox & Friends.” The new additions to his leadership team will be aimed for the general election effort, said the ex-leader of the House.
Brian Kilmeade appeared skeptical, noting Hillary Clinton’s polling lead in battleground states, but Gingrich was adamant.
“Hillary has spent about $110 million in advertising to [Trump’s] zero,” he said. “So in the middle of August, it looks like he’s got a fight – and he will fight.”
On Monday, Trump delivered a national security speech that was praised even by conservative critic and national radio host Mark Levin. On Tuesday, the nominee followed up with a speech in Wisconsin on “law and order” that highlighted the connection between urban crime and the Democrat politics that have run America’s cities for decades.
That’s a topic practically designed for right-leaning audiences, and conservative Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – a former primary rival – accompanied Trump to the event.
“He appealed directly to the African-American community,” Gingrich said. “These are things we have not seen Republicans do before.
“I think you’re going to see more things like that. And I think, frankly, he’s going to end up beating Hillary by surprising margins.”
Considering that poll numbers have had Trump faring poorly pretty much since the Democratic National Convention closed in late July, Gingrich is defying conventional wisdom again, but he said he’s confident Trump has turned the corner.
And Gingrich expects to have plenty of company soon.
“As he gives more speeches like he did on Monday and Tuesday, you’re going to see more Republicans decide they’re going to be very confident rallying around him,” he said.
The question is, will that be enough to turn a powerful tide for the general election?
Always remember, never accept the media’s hype and don’t allow them to discourage you. Make America Great Again!