Newt Gingrich bluntly warns GOP delegates that if they can't support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, "don't go to the convention."
During an 11-minute video Wednesday on Facebook,
the former GOP House Speaker scolded fractious party members who are resisting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
"You know, if you can't vote for the nominee of the party and the person who got the votes, don't go to the convention," he said.
Gingrich's remarks were live streamed from Hungary, where he said he's traveling as part of a European visit with his wife, Callista.
"Don't think you can safely get away with imposing your values, your judgment, your wisdom on the people of the United States. That era's over, and in fact, you're going to look very foolish arguing that the voters — your voters — back home don't count because you're so much smarter."
Referring to the Democrats' superdelegate process — which supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders have condemned — Gingrich noted "some of our friends want to create elite delegates in the Republican Party."
"An elite delegate is a person who says, 'You know, I'm so smart and my judgment's so good, I don't care what the voters back home say,'" he remarked, continuing: "'I don't care who they voted for. You're telling me that Donald Trump got 13.5 million votes, I don't care. You tell me it's the most votes any Republican has ever got, I don't care. After all, why should I listen to the people when I have my elitist superior wisdom?'"
But, he warned, the attitude that "you're smarter than the American people" will not sit well with voters.
"That is exactly what the country is rebelling against, that is exactly the attitude that led to the victory of the two women reformers in Italy this week, that's exactly the attitude that crushed the two traditional parties in Austria a couple weeks ago," he said, referring to European elections delivering a jolt to the establishment.
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