Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said slain Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts could be a more important figure than convicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for midterm voters this year.

The panel on "The Five" discussed the statement on Thursday.

Gingrich, whose wife was appointed ambassador to the Holy See by President Trump, said the president has been warning about the dangers of allowing criminal illegal aliens into the country unfettered.

"I think the (political) left has to bear the burden of being the party that is tolerating Americans being killed by people who are here illegally," Gingrich said.

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Gingrich said Manafort, though convicted by a northern Virginia jury of several white-collar counts, did not see Trump implicated in his case.

"I think that Mollie Tibbetts could be a more important person in September and October than Paul Manafort ever dreamed of," Gingrich said.

He said that the Democrats conversely want Manafort to be front and center leading into the midterm elections.

Watch "The Five's" reaction above.

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