Former Speaker New Gingrich (R-Ga.) said on Sunday that America’s politicians are underestimating GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race 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.”


“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 CarsonBen Carson says he's 'out of the woods' after being 'extremely sick' with COVID-19 Ben Carson says he used unproven COVID-19 treatment recommended by MyPillow CEO Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine MORE and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.


“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 CruzOcasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview 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.