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Newt Gingrich on Brexit: 'Hillary Clinton must be pretty darned worried'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Britain’s stunning decision to leave the European Union was a sign of a “general widespread populist rebellion” that has bad omens for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The one-time Georgia lawmaker said the U.K.’s “leave” campaign echoed many of the same themes of the presumptive Republican nominee’s presidential bid: Concerns about illegal immigration, stifling bureaucracy, the spread of terrorism and a stagnant economy.

Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich. AP Photo.

“I suspect that after the Brexit result, Hillary Clinton must be pretty darned worried,” said Gingrich, a Republican seen as a contender for Donald Trump’s running mate. “There must be a tidal wave of anti-establishment sentiment growing.”

Added Gingrich: “It’s nice to see the country of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher regain its sense of independence.”

The “Leave” campaign, long expected to falter, won by a surprising 52 percent of the vote, leading Prime Minister David Cameron to announce he would step down by October.

Speaking on a Facebook Live, Gingrich heaped praise on Trump for scheduling a trip Friday to Scotland to visit his golf courses, saying that he was able to tie his campaign’s message to the unrest in Europe and the broader debates that will shape American policy.

“This isn’t just about Trump versus Clinton,” said Gingrich. “Do you allow the United Nations, international law, international bureaucrats to define your future? Or do you reassert America’s ability to control its own future?”

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.