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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went on “Hannity” Friday night to discuss the massive political tidal wave we’ve seen on the Republican side this election. According to Gingrich, thanks to the populist appeal of Donald Trump that tidal wave could indeed rewrite the electoral map in a way that hasn’t been done since 1980.
Host Sean Hannity asked the former Speaker how Trump will be able to frame issues to wage an effective campaign and beat Hillary Clinton.
“…And what’s going to happen is — this is going to surprise you,” Gingrich responded. “I think you’re going to see us replace red and blue states with green for Trump and orange for Hillary, and you’re going to see that Trump will be competitive almost everywhere in America because the potential today — for example, when he’s on your show, he’s in 435 congressional districts.”
Later in the segment, Hannity discussed the currently understood “path” a traditional Republican needs to take to win a national election these days.
“You’re really saying the Republican path to 270, where they have to thread the needle and get Florida, North Carolina and Ohio and New Hampshire and Iowa and New Mexico and Colorado and Nevada — this is — all bets are off this year? You think this map will be transformed in a major way?”
Gingrich replied, “Look, I believe — and you heard it here for the first time so you can keep this and play it later on the air. Just as there were once Reagan Democrats, I think there are going to be Trump Americans. And they’re not going to be people who rush in and decide they’re Republican the next day. They’re going to say, look, to make America great again, I’m going to be for Donald Trump. They’re going to be in all 50 states. They’re going to be in places you never expected.
And I think we’re going have a new map. As I said, replace red and blue because it’s the old order — replace it with green for Trump and orange for Hillary and you have a very different map by election day.”
When asked what was symbolic about the green and the orange colors, Gingrich had the perfect answer.
“Well, green is both for the economy and because it will drive the environmentalists crazy. And we were just looking for an appropriate color for Hillary, and orange somehow seemed to fit all the different news stories recently.”
No wonder this guy is on Trump’s short list for VP!
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