The fallout continues from the explosive release of a tape from 2005 in which Republican nominee for President of the United States Donald Trump, talks about grabbing women by the genitals and trying to seduce a married woman.
The continuous media attention that the video has garnered is generating fear in the Republican Party about the gender gap in the election widening and harming their chances of winning not just the presidential election but also the chances of retaining the house. There are 24 republican senators who are up for re-election in November and the republican national committee is concerned that the negative publicity caused by the controversies of the Trump Campaign will affect their chances of retaining the seats in the house.
This fear has clearly started showing the cracks in the pavement as senior Republican politician and former speaker Newt Gingrich, who is an adviser to the Trump Campaign has now reportedly criticised Trump by calling him ‘little’ & ‘Pathetic’. The criticism comes after Trump went on a tirade against Speaker Paul Ryan at a rally and on twitter.
Trump’s controversies have been publicly condemned by senior politicians including politicians from GOP. In response Trump has accused the GOP and Paul Ryan of conspiring against him instead of encouraging him. This isn’t the first time Trump has gone up against Paul Ryan whom he has accused of poor leadership repeatedly.
Gingrich went on Fox Business on the 13th of October and apart from calling Trump ‘pathetic’, the former representative from Georgia also pointed out that Donald Trump only has one opponent whose name is Hillary Clinton and not Paul Ryan. These comments are a far cry from Gingrich’s former support to Trump. He endorsed Trump for President in May and started advising his campaign soon after. He even went on to accuse Ted Cruz of betrayal when the latter hadn’t endorsed Trump until July.
Gingrich’s criticism isn’t completely unexpected however. It has been observed that he has been trying to put distance between himself and the campaign after he endorsed Sen. John McCain from Arizona for re-election. Sen. McCain has been critical of Trump in the past and unendorsed him recently after the scandalous video surfaced, saying that Trump’s demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults made it impossible for him to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.