“What’s very striking is that President Trump still has such enormous reach in the party that nobody can fight him,” Gingrich stated on WABC 770 AM in New York on Sunday. “You can complain about him. You can criticize him. But McConnell can’t possibly fight Trump. He doesn’t have a big enough base,” he remarked, referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Gingrich continued and said that the dispute over Trump in the GOP is “also a reminder that there is an establishment insider party that sits around at cocktail parties in Washington, and then there’s this huge country outside of Washington.”
“That country in 2015, by about 2-1, did not like the Republican leadership in the Congress. That was the forerunner of us ending up with Trump as a presidential nominee,” stated Gingrich. “McCarthy has been much smarter as the House Republican leader to recognize his ability to get the extra seats [to win the House] rests almost entirely on working with Trump, not picking a fight with him,” he went on, referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
Gingrich was seemingly pointing to critical remarks made by both Trump and McConnell, the Senate GOP leader, of one another in recent days. McConnell, on the floor of the Senate and in an opinion article, criticized Trump’s Jan. 6 comments and proposed that the former president could face civil or criminal prosecution, although McConnell didn’t vote to convict him.
Days later, Trump issued a blistering criticism of McConnell’s leadership in the Senate and proposed that the Republican Party wouldn’t succeed with McConnell as a leader, he also suggested Republicans break from him. McConnell, thus far, has not responded to Trump’s announcement.
Trump was impeached on Jan. 13 for alleged incitement of insurrection, as a majority of lawmakers in the lower chamber announced he incited the Capitol disorder on Jan. 6. He was acquitted earlier this month by the Senate.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the minority whip in the Senate, criticized the numerous state GOPs for attacking senators who voted to convict Trump. Five of seven Republican senators who voted to convict the former president were censured by Republicans in their home states.
“There was a strong case made,” Thune announced on Feb. 13. “People could come to different conclusions. If we’re going to criticize the media and the left for cancelling culture, we can’t be doing that ourselves.”
Polls, meanwhile, have discovered that among Republicans, Trump is enormously popular. Roughly 70 percent of Republicans announced they would consider joining a Trump-backed political party should he begin one, according to a CBS poll released earlier this month.