Newt Gingrich has joined the growing numbers of Republicans criticizing and distancing themselves from failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Specifically, he has called out Romney for his assertion that he lost the election because President Barack Obama gave "gifts" to minorities, women, and young people.
Speaking with Martha Raddatz on Sunday on ABC's "This Week", Gingrich said:
"I just think it's nuts. I mean, first of all, it's insulting. This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, 'The customers have really been unruly.' I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can't offer a better future that is believable to more people, we're not going to win."
During a previous interview with KLRU-TV in Austin, Texas, Gingrich also slammed Romney, stating:
"I'm very disappointed with Governor Romney's analysis, which I believe is insulting and profoundly wrong. First of all, we didn't lose Asian-Americans because they got any gifts. He did worse with Asian-Americans than he did with Latinos. This is the hardest-working and most successful ethnic group in America, okay, they ain't into gifts."
"If it had been that simple, my question would be, 'Why didn't you outbid him?' He had enough billionaire supporters, if buying the electorate was the key, he could have got all his super PAC friends together and said, don't buy ads, give gifts. Be like the northwest Indians who have gift-giving ceremonies….Go town-by-town and say, 'Come here, let me give you gifts. Here are Republican gifts.' They could have an elephant coming in with gifts on it."