Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said President Trump's threat to shut down the government if adequate border security measures are not undertaken by Congress will show a "vivid contrast" between the right and left ahead of November's midterm elections.

"I think he is very committed to protecting Americans," Gingrich said. "Everything we've seen about sanctuary cities [and] MS-13 strengthen his feeling that this is a legitimate national security issue."

Gingrich said Senate Democrats have supported an "open borders" bill written by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D).


He said the "vivid contrast" would be evident if Republicans offer Trump a "modest down payment" on a border wall and see the Democrats unite against it.

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"If this is the fight he wants, he's got to go to the country and explain it [and] tie it to illegal criminals," Gingrich said of Trump.

Gingrich also commented on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85, saying over the weekend that she intends to remain on the court until at least age 90

He said the comments are not surprising because the far-left jurist does not want Trump to nominate her replacement.

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