Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said on Sunday that Republicans must choose between helping their presumptive presidential nominee, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE, or supporting Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE.
In a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, the former Speaker was asked about Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Republican politicians: Let OSHA do its job O'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report MORE (R-Texas) flirting with the idea of restarting his presidential campaign.
“I mean I just think — I don’t know what Ted was thinking of,” Gingrich said. “To me, it’s pretty clear that this is over. Trump is the nominee. That’s why I disagreed with [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE [R-Wis.]. I thought that the moment to say, ‘OK, we have the leader of the team, let’s pull the team together, let’s go beat Hillary,’ has arrived.
“You’re either for Hillary Clinton or you’re for Donald Trump. If you’re not for Donald Trump, you are functionally helping Hillary Clinton. I think it’s just that straightforward.”
Gingrich’s comments come as a rebuke to Republicans who are rumored to be exploring the possibility of a conservative third-party candidate to block Trump from taking the White House.