Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich explained Wednesday evening during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham why the 2024 presidential nomination is really Donald Trump’s to lose.
In doing so, Gingrich reflected on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ official announcement on Twitter Spaces earlier in the evening during an event co-hosted by the platform’s principal owner, Elon Musk.
“Look, I think he has to find a big, positive message, and I think, you’re right, it mostly is about the economy. And he has to communicate somehow that he’s uniquely different from Trump. That he’s the guy who can get it done,” Gingrich said.
“This is a country that is in trouble. The American people know that they’re economically in trouble. They know they’re in trouble with crime, they’re in trouble at the border, they’re in trouble in terms of a woke value system that is trying to impose itself on them. And I think what they want is a leader who’s positive, who has a plan that makes sense,” he added.
I think the challenge for DeSantis, he had several months to do this and he didn’t do it. He adopted a deliberate strategy, I think, of going further to the right than Trump on cultural issues. And what that did is it said to all the people who are moderate Republicans, this must be the guy,” the former Georgia Republican added.
“That’s why you now have Tim Scott in the race, you’re going to get several more people in the race because there is a vacuum there that DeSantis didn’t fill. I think he’s a very good governor, does a great job in Florida, has a good message, but so far, he hasn’t come across as a charismatic leader with a compelling message that makes you say, yeah, he’s the guy, he’s the person I want to lead the country,” he said.
“And if he doesn’t find a message like that, then his campaign will gradually peter out.”
He also added of Trump: “One of Trump’s great advantages is he talks to the level where third, fourth, and fifth grade educations can say, ‘Oh yeah, I get that, I understand it.’ And in fact, Trump has now made the Republican Party the party of working Americans in a way that probably hasn’t been true for almost 100 years.”