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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 RyanThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks Democrats talk up tax credits to counter Trump law 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 ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 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."