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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE after saying the Republican presidential nominee has two personalities — a "big Trump" and a "little Trump."


"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 RyanOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump 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 ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine 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."