Gingrich: GOP Establishment Living in 'Fantasy Land' After Trump Victories
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this morning that the Republican Party seems to be living in a "fantasy land" after Donald Trump's second straight big primary victory.
No GOP candidate has ever went on to win the nomination after losing in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Gingrich noted that when you combine the so-called "outsider" candidates - Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson - they total more than 60% of the vote.
"Donald Trump is tapping into something that’s real. And if you take Trump’s vote, and Carson’s vote, and Cruz’s vote, the outsiders, they are once again at 62% in South Carolina. And they have been consistently above 62% everywhere in the country," he said.
Gingrich, who won the 2012 South Carolina primary, was asked whether Marco Rubio can close the gap in the key state of Florida if he picks up an endorsement from Jeb Bush, along with Bush's donors.
He answered that endorsements from the establishment are unlikely to help Rubio.
"The more [Rubio] is endorsed by the establishment. The more he becomes what people are voting against. And in Florida there’s no evidence that Rubio and Bush combined get as many votes as Trump," he said.
Gingrich argued that Trump has mastered the media by tweeting to the "entire planet" each day at no cost and calling in to news shows to do interviews, rather than spending money on ads.
Watch his full analysis above and tune in tonight at 10:00pm ET for Sean Hannity's hour-long interview with Trump in Las Vegas.