Newt Gingrich said early Monday that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's debate performance should calm the storm of Republicans calling for him to step aside after the release of controversial audio from a decade ago in which the Republican presidential nominee makes lewd, sexually explicit comments about women.
When asked by Fox News's Sean Hannity what his reaction was to the more than two-dozen Republicans calling on Trump to leave the ticket, Gingrich, a member of Trump's inner circle, took a victory lap.
"Tonight, they have a lot of egg on their face because the guy who showed up tonight is the Republican nominee, he clearly has earned the right to be the Republican nominee," Gingrich said early Monday morning on Fox News shortly after the second presidential debate in St. Louis ended.
He went on to argue that Trump winning the debate is more important than ever, especially considering revelations over the weekend about her private speeches to financial groups and others.
"It's kind of crazy for someone to suggest dumping him at this point, I would hope a lot of those who panicked over the weekend would consider their position over what we've learned about Hillary through WikiLeaks and the importance of stopping her from truly crippling the country," he said.
He went on to note a partial transcript of her speech to Brazilian bankers when she called for "open borders," which Gingrich claimed meant "600 million" new immigrants into the United States.
"He is back on track," Gingrich said.
"I think the odds are he wins despite everything the media has done in a totally one-sided way."