Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich laid down the gauntlet for the party — cancel forthcoming presidential debates and move on to more pressing issues.
Interviewed on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Gingrich declared the 2024 GOP nomination has already been decided. And while some donors poured millions into various hopefuls, voters clearly chose former President Donald Trump to head the party’s ticket.
Gingrich cited a recent conversation with pollster Matt Towery, who flatly asserted the race is over.
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He told the Republican that “Donald Trump will be the nominee. They might as well quit having the various debates, because they don’t work. They’re not helping anybody.”
After acknowledging that Trump will be their leader, Gingrich challenged GOP officials to shift their focus. He said their attention should be on the “totally corrupt” judiciary which is actively attempting to deny U.S. voters the candidate they want.
He observed that Democrats are hamstrung because they cannot do anything against Trump politically. Therefore they are going after him through every conceivable legal avenue to derail his momentum toward the White House.
Trump agreed that future debates are a waste of time.
The frontrunner said that they are “bad” for Republicans and are not going anywhere. There will be, Trump said, no “breakout candidate.”
Trump’s rivals like to claim that they stand a better chance against incumbent President Joe Biden. Polling data, however, shows that instead of being a liability, the former president is now extending his lead over Biden across the nation.
Even as his margin over other GOP hopefuls increased, Trump pulled even with and passed Biden in several national surveys.
This data stands in stark contrast to the narrative pursued by some of the former president’s challengers. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, for example, asserted that Trump is “the most disliked” political leader in the nation.
This, she said, is not the recipe for victory in 2024.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the party to drop worries over the 2020 election. Instead, he said it should focus on “the message that can win in November of 2024.”
However, this message is increasingly the one of America First as promoted by Trump. Contrary to claims by Democrats and his Republican rivals, he looks more electable every day.