Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on FOX & Friends Monday morning and said the Republican Party is living in a "fantasy land" when it comes to stopping Donald Trump.
GINGRICH: I think they live in a fantasyland right now. Donald Trump is tapping into something in the country that's real. And if you take Trump's vote and Cruz's vote Carson's vote, the three outsiders, they are once again at about 62% in South Carolina. And they have been consistently above 60% everywhere in the country.
If you pull together all of the insurgents, and there's a message there. People believe the country's in decay, they believe Washington is the heart of that decay. They want somebody who is going to kick over the table and change Washington. That's why Cruz has done so well. And it's why Trump has done so well.
Gingrich also told the FOX & Friends crew that they "invented" Trump. Transcript, via Media Matters:
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): This time the billionaire is spending the least amount of money and running away with this thing. It's going to make people --
NEWT GINGRICH: Well, but that's because of you guys.
GINGRICH: Look -- that's because of you guys. Donald Trump gets up in the morning, tweets to the entire planet at no cost, picks up the phone, calls you, has a great conversation for about eight minutes, which would have cost him a ton in commercial money, and meanwhile his opponents are all out there trying to raise the money to run an ad. Nobody believes the ad.
KILMEADE: People make decisions. Newt, people make decisions. Mitt Romney made a decision for three months he wouldn't do us at all. I mean, people decide -- for a while Jeb Bush wouldn't hop on any television at all. Hillary Clinton didn't do anything in the beginning. Donald Trump from day one made himself available to big and small, and it paid off.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Plus, he's invented scenarios where suddenly he's got all this free media and people -- you know, that pope thing at the end of the week. Who wasn't talking about that?
GINGRICH: Look, you could say that Trump is the candidate Fox & Friends invented. He was on your show I think more than any other show.
DOOCY: Every Monday.
GINGRICH: It's was always a happy, positive conversation.