Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Wednesday denied that President Donald Trump has an obsession with the numbers that came into play with his popular vote, but Democrats who are complaining may have a "big vested interest" in allowing voter fraud to take place.
"Any time we talk about making sure that only live people vote and only citizens vote, Democrats jump up and down and scream, yell 'racist' and try to convince us we aren't allowed to ask for an honest election," Gingrich told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "That tells me they think they have a big vested interest in having zones of illegality in our election process."
Gingrich said he hopes Trump's tweet earlier in the morning calling for a "major investigation" into voter fraud will result in a further push be "certain only people who are legally registered and citizens are voting."
Many states have enacted voter ID laws, Gingrich pointed out, and identification is needed for many activities in today's world.
"We live in an era where we can identify you to buy gasoline and go through a TSA line, and for lots of reasons, why shouldn't we be sure that only one set of people vote?" said Gingrich.
He also addressed Trump's busy first week and his flood of executive actions, saying he's a "unique person" and that there are few people who can work the way he does.
"One of the reasons he beat Hillary Clinton, was he was doing five, six, seven speeches a day to 20,000 plus people," said Gingrich. "She was doing one to 1,500."
Trump also knows where he wants to go when it comes to the presidency, and he pushes the system every day, said Gingrich.
"My guess is his impact by June or July will be very profound in moving the system," said Gingrich. "One leg is anti-left, one leg is anti-stupidity and one leg is anti-political correctness and one leg is deep pro-American, and he can go anywhere on the tabletop at any minute within the four boundaries and he is not sure where he will go at five this afternoon. So I can't predict what he will do because he can't predict what he will do."
Gingrich will speak at The Heritage Foundation on Wednesday in part of a continuing series of speeches about Trump, and he said today's address will concern Trump's inaugural address.
"When you read it and you slow down and think about it, this is a call to American greatness on a scale that [Ronald] Reagan or [Abraham] Lincoln would have approved," said Gingrich. "I think he means it. What he is showing us is he has the energy and the drive and he learns very fast. He is going to be a dramatically stronger and better president by June because he will absorb every mistake, think it through and keep moving forward. And he has the sheer energy to recover from mistakes that would crush normal people."
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