Newt Gingrich is not a fan of "little Trump."
The former House speaker and current surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is having a difficult time defending the candidate when the Manhattan billionaire veers off course and attacks fellow Republicans instead of his Democratic opponent.
"Look, first of all, let me just say about Trump — who I admire, and I've tried to help as much as I can," Gingrich said Thursday morning on Fox Business. "There's a big Trump and a little Trump. The little Trump is, frankly, pathetic."
Gingrich's new nickname for the GOP standard bearer is an apparent call back to Trump's own nickname for former GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.). Trump dubbed Rubio "little Marco" on the campaign trail and Twitter.
But Gingrich's patience is seemingly wearing thin when it comes to Trump's war with current House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.).
"I mean, he's mad over not getting a phone call?" Gingrich said.
"I'm just saying, listen to the whole package there," he continued. "Donald Trump has one opponent. Her name is Hillary Clinton. Her name is not Paul Ryan. It's not anybody else. It's Hillary Clinton."
Trump blasted Ryan Wednesday night during a campaign rally in Florida for not congratulating him after his debate performance Sunday.
"Theres a whole deal going on there. I mean, you know," Trump said in Ocala. "There's a whole deal going on and figure it out. I always figure things out. But there's a whole sinister deal going on."
Ryan has refused to defend Trump following the leaked tapes that depict him speaking crudely about women. He has encouraged fellow Republican lawmakers to do what's best for their careers.