Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had strong words of praise for Donald Trump on Sunday, saying that the real estate tycoon has incredible political insight.
“I think he learns faster than any other political figure I’ve known except Bill Clinton,” Gingrich said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“He’s running on something that nobody in this city understands,” Gingrich said. “He’s running on winning. The heart of the Trump model is, ‘I will make us a winner again.'”
“Do you want to be a winner again? If you look to be a winner, I’ll make us a winner,” Gingrich continued. “And then people come up with all these policy questions and he goes, ‘Eh, how’d you like to win?”
“And people go, ‘I like winning. Winning sounds pretty good,'” he said.
Asked how he would “muscle in” to the race if he were running, Gingrich said, “I don’t have a clue. I don’t say this lightly. I think about this every day.”
“I think that there is a desire on the part of the American people, which I largely agree with, to profoundly change the current terms of American government in general,” Gingrich added.
Gingrich said he could not offer advice for how Jeb Bush or another more “traditional” candidate could win the race against Donald Trump’s honest approach on issues.
“I have a number of very good friends who are running. I’ve thought a lot about being in their shoes. I don’t know how you take this on,” said Gingrich. “The reason Trump’s having an impact — and I think that [Ben] Carson, [Carly] Fiorina and [Ted] Cruz are having an impact, the four of them have to be seen as a team in a sense, they represent the ‘We’re sick of all you regular guys. I just want somebody who’s going to kick over the table and start a new game, and I don’t care about the details.”
Gingrich issued a warning to presidential candidates competing with Trump. Because of the speed with which Trump learns, Gingrich said “it’s a big mistake to assume the Donald Trump you saw yesterday is the Donald Trump you’re going to see a month from now.”
Gingrich also defended Trump’s interview with Hugh Hewitt saying that it was not a significant event. In the interview, Trump mistook Iran’s Quds Forces for the Kurdish people.
“The truth is, no national leader knows anything about the head of the Quds Force,” Gingrich said. “They may have memorized the name, [but] they don’t know what school he went to; they don’t know what faction he belongs to; they don’t know whether or not he was in Moscow recently.”
“This is not presidential stuff,” said Gingrich. “He’s going to hire a secretary of state; he’s going to hire a national security adviser; he’s going to have a chairman of the Joint Chiefs; he’s going to have a secretary of defense.”
Gingrich said the real question Americans want a potential president to answer is: “What would you do?” And Trump’s answer has been one all Americans want to hear, “Make America great again!”