Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich has suggested GOP nominee Donald Trump will recover in the polls due to the vulnerabilities of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Aug. 7, during an interview on a New York radio station, Gingrich predicted that Trump’s dropping numbers in the polls would improve, ABC News reports.
“Trump has had a tough two weeks, but people need to remember, just before those two weeks, he was ahead in every poll, so the chance for him to bounce back again I think is very real,” Gingrich said.
Trump has been repeatedly bested by Clinton at the polls after both major party conventions ended.
Aggregating the last 11 presidential polls released since July 30, Real Clear Politics found that Clinton scored higher support in all of them and currently leads Trump nationally by an average of 7 percentage points.
Gingrich believes that by focusing on the political weaknesses of Clinton, Trump could regain ground in the polls well before the November election. The former House Speaker stated “Hillary has enormous liabilities ... I think that this race is a long, long ways from over.”
Gingrich then criticized Clinton.
“And the truth is that Hillary Clinton is probably the most dishonest person ever to run for president -- and certainly the most corrupt ever to be nominated for president,” Gingrich said.
The former House Speaker repeated his slam against Clinton’s integrity later on Aug. 8 during an appearance on Fox News. Gingrich criticized the Democratic nominee for her explanation of why her account about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state was not consistent with the narrative given by FBI Director James Comey.
Clinton has stated that she had never lied about her email scandal but had instead experienced a “short circuit.”
“She now has a fundamental way of saying, ‘I didn’t quite lie to you; I just short-circuited,’” Gingrich told Fox News. “It’s one thing to lie, it’s another to lie about lying.”
Gingrich’s insistence that Trump can rebound in the polls arrives a week after the former House Speaker had been scathingly critical of the GOP nominee. After Trump engaged in a bitter war of words with the Gold Star parents of slain U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, Gingrich declared that Trump was behaving unacceptably.
“The current race is which of these two is the more unacceptable, because right now, neither of them is acceptable,” Gingrich told The Washington Post. “Trump is helping her to win by proving he is more unacceptable than she is ... He cannot win the presidency operating the way he is now.”