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Newt Gingrich on Donald Trump's tough week: He's helping Democrats win

Newt Gingrich nixed the idea of an "intervention" after Republican nominee Donald Trump's tumultuous week, which included an ongoing feud with the family of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier and a refusal to endorse two of his party's top elected officials. But these quotes published in today's Washington Post might as well have been one.

From the Post:

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), one of Trump’s most loyal defenders, warned that his friend was in danger of throwing away the election and helping to make Clinton president.

“The current race is which of these two is the more unacceptable, because right now, neither of them is acceptable,” he said. “Trump is helping her to win by proving he is more unacceptable than she is.”

Gingrich said Trump has only a matter of weeks to reverse course. “Anybody who is horrified by Hillary should hope that Trump will take a deep breath and learn some new skills,” he said. “He cannot win the presidency operating the way he is now. She can’t be bad enough to elect him if he’s determined to make this many mistakes.”

He tried to backtrack later on Twitter:

He's not the only Georgia Republican with advice for the candidate ...

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