Gingrich suspects Trump rethinking 2024: He's 'got to look at the results and be troubled'
"I thought we'd win a lot more seats," said former Speaker of the House.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Just the News that former President Donald Trump is likely "rethinking and reappraising" running for president again in 2024, adding that he personally doesn't see a scenario where Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis decides not to run for president in 2024.
"I mean, just in my own emails today, the number of people who want somebody other than Trump who have decided, literally overnight, that person is going to be DeSantis, he's going to find it almost impossible to avoid running," Gingrich said on Wednesday.
"I think Trump's got to look at the results and be troubled," he added. "I can tell you, for me, this was not the result I expected. I thought we'd win a lot more seats."
Gingrich added that Republicans have to look at the results and ask themselves what they did wrong and where they go from here.
Gingrich was asked if he thinks Trump is going to announce a 2024 run or decide that it's no longer his time.
"I think he's a very, very smart man," he said. "And I'm sure that he is very disappointed. He worked very hard. He did a whole array of rallies with thousands of people. And I know, because I have the same feeling, I know that he went into Election Day thinking it was going to be a huge success. And I suspect that he's going through the same kind of rethinking and reappraising that I'm going through.
"He is a very smart guy, and he's got asked two questions: Can he in fact beat DeSantis? He probably would say yes. Coming out of that fight, would he be able to win a general election? I don't think he wants to run and, you know, have that kind of situation."
Gingrich elaborated on his personal reaction to the results of the midterm election so far.
"I was pretty shaken because that was not the election I expected," he admitted. "And I don't have as much confidence in my own judgment as I would have had yesterday morning."
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump pushed back on media reports that he was furious about the midterm election results, calling them fake news.
"There is a fake news narrative that I was furious, it is just the opposite," he told Fox News Digital. "The people I endorsed did very well. I was batting 98.6% in the primaries, and 216 to 19 in the general election — that is amazing."