Gingrich: 'Of course' we can afford to have president with split personality
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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Sunday defended Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE after saying the Republican presidential nominee has two personalities — a "big Trump" and a "little Trump."

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"Of course you can," the former Speaker, a top Trump adviser, said when asked on "Fox News Sunday" if the country could afford to have a president with such a split personality.

"I think we had a number of presidents who had interesting challenges in their personality."

Gingrich earlier this month called little Trump "frankly pathetic," after the Republican nominee attacked Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.) for distancing himself from Trump just weeks before the election.

“Look, first of all, let me just say about Trump, who I admire and I’ve tried to help as much as I can. There’s a big Trump and a little Trump,” Gingrich said.

“The little Trump is frankly pathetic. I mean, he’s mad over not getting a phone call?"

Gingrich on Sunday, though, touted Trump as a far superior candidate than his Democratic rival, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Hillary Clinton praises former administration officials who testified before House as 'gutsy women' Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart MORE.

"I'm willing to concede that Trump on occasion is crass, but I'd like my opponents to concede that Hillary on occasion is corrupt," he said.

"You have a candidate for president who under any reasonable standard would have been indicted," Gingrich continued.
 
"Trump is not perfect, but she sure ain't perfect, either, and she's a much greater threat to our system than Donald Trump is."