Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox News and predicted that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will win the 2016 presidential election (video below).
"I'm going to go out on a limb tonight and you can keep this tape and remind me about it after the election, OK?" Gingrich said. "Donald Trump’s going to win."
He went on to explain, "Donald Trump’s going to win because in the end the country is not going to reward big banks and big unions and big bureaucracies and big donors and big corruption by voting for a big liar. And in the end, the country is going to say, you know, whatever Trump's weaknesses may be, he's a sincere guy trying very hard to get this country back on the right track."
He added: “Look, there was an analyst who came out the other day who’s had a long track record of projecting presidential campaigns based on the economy and other kind of factors. And he said if Trump stays about where he is right now, he’ll win at about 51 or 52 percent. If Trump actually gets his act together in a disciplined way, he could win by as much as 66 percent.”
Gingrich has been a surrogate for the Trump campaign and, at one time, was considered a potential vice presidential running-mate. He went to say that people are afraid to admit they like Trump because is consistently attacked in the media.
“But when you do a computerized poll, where people are comfortable, his vote goes up very dramatically,” Gingrich said. “And I think people don’t realize the effort by the elite media, the totally dishonest effort to submerge him, has had an effect.”
Gingrich pointed out that the latest Rasmussen Reports poll has Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by only 2 percentage points, 41 percent to 39 percent.
The same day that poll was released, Rasmussen Reports also reported that Clinton had a comfortable lead in the electoral college, putting her at 348 versus 198 for Trump. To win the presidency, a candidate needs 270.