Elections

Newt On Mitt’s Anti-Trump Effort: ‘Pathetic,’ ‘Makes You Wonder What His Problems Are’

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tore into Mitt Romney Monday, calling the former Republican presidential nominee’s efforts to derail Donald Trump “pathetic.”

Romney gave a speech in March calling on Republicans to rally against Trump and was reportedly trying to get someone to mount a third party bid against the now presumptive GOP nominee.

“It’s pathetic… I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre,” Gingrich told The Wall Street Journal Monday. “Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are.”

He added that Romney’s efforts have not been “particularly effective” and “objectively it has not hurt Trump, who I suspect by the way will carry Utah.”

Gingrich has been close to Trump throughout the election and has been floated as a possible running mate. “I have no idea if I’m being considered that’s up to The Donald,” Gingrich said about VP speculation. He added, “we would sit down and talk about it seriously if he wanted to.”

When asked about giving Trump advice on how to win the general election, Gingrich replied: “It’s like going to Sam Walton and saying ‘Hi, I’ve got these great retailing ideas. Why don’t you do small boutiques and only sell high end products.'”