Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has declared that the 2024 GOP debates without President Donald Trump are “pointless.”
Trump has refused to participate in the debates and has confirmed that he won’t attend any of them in the future.
The debates between Trump’s primary challengers are barely even making news as viewer numbers tank.
Without Trump’s participation, the TV debates have failed the give the remaining candidates the coverage they hoped for.
As a result, many have taken to attacking Trump for not attending.
Trump’s decision to not attend the debates has gone some way in distancing himself from his challengers.
During an interview on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Gingrich argued that the debates are “pointless” because Trump is polling so far ahead of the rest and is certain to be the nominee for 2024.
“I was talking to our mutual friend, the pollster Matt Towery this afternoon, and Matt said to me, based on what he saw last night, this race is over, Donald Trump will be the nominee, they might as well quit having the various debates because they don’t work, they’re not helping anybody, and I think that’s where we are,” Gingrich told Laura Ingraham.
“I think Trump will be the nominee and the question now for everybody is do you want to see Joe Biden reelected or do you want to help Donald Trump?
“There’s no middle ground here.”
Gingrich added, “I think the Republican National Committee should cancel the future debates and say, ‘Look, we recognize the objective fact that Trump will be the nominee. We want to work with him.’
“In some of these races, some of these polls, Trump is like 43 points ahead of the next person.
“43 points,” Gingrich emphasized.
“He’s gonna be the nominee,” Gingrich reasserted.
In regards to other potential candidates, Gingrich noted:
“I suspect the money is there, but the votes aren’t.
“I’m a big fan of Glenn Youngkin.
“I think he’s doing a great job as governor.
“I think in 2028, he could be a very impressive, maybe even frontrunner for president, but not this time.
“Not this year.”
On the same night as the Republican debate earlier this week, Trump threw every single one of the participants under the bus.
He stated that he wouldn’t pick any of them as his vice president.
“They are all running for a job,” Trump told a crowd in Michigan.
“They’re all job candidates…
“They will do anything, ‘secretary of something.’
“They even say VP. I don’t know.
“Anybody see any VP in the group?
“I don’t think so.”