Former Speaker New Gingrich (R-Ga.) said on Sunday that America’s politicians are underestimating GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE.

Gingrich added that voters are rallying around the outspoken billionaire because he offers them a rejection of the establishment in Washington, D.C.

“He is running to win,” he told host John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“Americans out there like winning,” Gingrich added.  “I think there is a desire among the American people to profoundly change the style of national politics.”

Gingrich also argued on Sunday that America’s traditional elites are missing Trump’s legitimacy as a White House hopeful next year.

“I think it’s a big mistake to assume that he will be the same six months from now,” he said, referencing Trump’s current policies regarding immigration.

“We have no idea what the effect of six months or a year will be on Trump,” Gingrich added.  “I think he is learning.  I think he learns faster than any political figure besides Bill Clinton.”

Gingrich said on Sunday that he sees Trump as the figurehead of a growing trend toward outsider political candidates heading into 2016.

“It will be fascinating if Trump does end up getting it, or, for that matter, Carson or Fiorina,” he said of the GOP’s presidential nomination next election cycle, also noting retired neurosurgeon Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump launches effort to boost support among black voters Zoning is not the answer to all our housing problems Freer housing is 'fairer housing' — HUD should tie funding to looser zoning MORE and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The four of them have to be seen as a team, in a sense,” he said of the trio and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting MORE (R-Texas).

Gingrich additionally dismissed criticism of Trump’s foreign policy credentials during his interview Sunday morning.

“This is not presidential stuff,” he said.  “He’s going to hire a secretary of State.”

Gingrich’s remarks follow Trump’s awkward exchange with radio host Hugh Hewitt last week.

Trump accused Hewitt of asking him “gotcha” questions last Thursday evening.