Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spared no words in condemning the longshot state ballot recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania when he appeared on Monday night’s edition of “Hannity” on Fox News.
Speaking to host Sean Hannity, Gingrich said the recount doesn’t have “a realistic chance” of succeeding but is revealing the state of the Democratic Party.
“I think the recount mania is one more example of the collapse of the Democratic Party as a realistic institution,” Gingrich said. “Next we’re going to be told that not only were the Russians engaged, but that there were martians who were secretly voting in a variety of hamlets, and that they were all right-wing martians.”
Gingrich says the joint effort by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and now failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to force recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is simply evidence of the Democratic Party imploding and the conspiratorial, “nutty-wing … take over.”
“If there was a realistic chance that they could turn three states, and therefore turn the election, you could say ‘All right, I get it,'” Gingrich added. “There’s not. I mean, nobody believes they’re going to turn Pennsylvania, period. If you don’t turn Pennsylvania, nothing matters. … The odds against them … are probably a trillion to one.”
“All of the nutcakes that want to gather and be part of the Democratic Party should feel very free to do so: just don’t ask the rest of us to take you seriously. If it’s therapy for you to get together and whine and whimper and chant ‘anti-Trump, anti-Trump,’ fine. America’s a free country: you’re allowed to be weird,” said Gingrich.
Stein is expected to also file for a recount in Michigan next week.
The recount has been criticized by Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as “fraud” and dismissed by Trump himself as “ridiculous.”
Gingrich also reiterated his position that any decision by Trump to select Mitt Romney as his secretary of state will have political consequences. Gingrich said of the former Massachusetts governor that “there is an enormous base that wanted to drain the swamp and they see Romney as the swamp.
“He has to decide if he’s willing to accept a very large part of his base being totally upset and feeling betrayed … or he has to come up with a pretty good explanation … why Mitt Romney makes any sense as secretary of state.”
Gingrich has endorsed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the best candidate to fulfill that role.