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Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney's anti-Trump speech 'vitriolic and nasty'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) strongly criticized Mitt Romney's Thursday speech attacking Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Gingrich, who has recently defended Trump, suggested it was bad strategy on Romney's part if he's harboring any hope of snagging the nomination at a brokered convention this summer.

The speech "may have been courageous on his part — it's certainly what he, I think, believes," Gingrich said Monday on Fox & Friends. "But it was such a vitriolic and nasty speech that it guaranteed that the guy who currently has the most votes and most momentum would never accept Romney as sort of the draft at the convention."

Gingrich himself sought the Republican Party's nomination for president in 2012, but lost to Romney.