According to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz will be the next GOP presidential nominee. Gingrich laughed at the notion of there being a contested convention with someone not running for president, like current Speaker Paul Ryan, winning the nomination.
Gingrich was interviewed on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Tuesday after Cruz won the primary election in Wisconsin. Gingrich said that Cruz and Trump will arrive at the RNC in July with 80% of the delegates. He also said there is no incentive for the RNC’s rules to change, which state that a candidate must have won at least 8 states in order to be eligible for the nomination.
Gingrich asked why the RNC would “give it to some nice person who didn’t run, didn’t raise money, didn’t debate, didn’t win delegates but what the heck? ‘He’s really,’ or ‘she’s really, a terrific person.’ I mean, even in a novel you couldn’t get away with this.”
Even though supporters of Cruz and Trump are at odds with each other, Gingrich insisted that they will band together to support whomever the nominee is in the general election.
“As long as it’s Trump or Cruz, we’ll reunite because, frankly, both the Trump people and the Cruz people email me or tweet me and say they dislike Washington a heck of a lot more than they dislike the other guy,” Gingrich said.