Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said he’s “really concerned” about former President Trump’s mental well-being in response to Trump’s recent attacks. During an appearance on Newsmax’s “The Balance” with host Eric Bolling, Christie questioned the rationale behind Trump’s derogatory remarks, given Christie’s history of support for Trump.
“When he says stuff like that about somebody who supported him in 2016, prepared him for the debates with Hillary Clinton, supported him in 2020 and prepared him for the debates with Joe Biden — if I was so useless and dumb and deranged, how did all that stuff happen?” Christie told Bolling.
“It’s sad. He’s under a lot of stress and a lot of pressure, and saying these things makes me really concerned for his mental health,” he added.
Christie’s comments were prompted by Trump’s derogatory statements in a radio interview on the “Hugh Hewitt Show,” where Trump referred to Christie as a “crazed lunatic” and criticized his tenure as New Jersey governor.
Regarding Trump’s assertion that he considered Christie unqualified, Christie pointed out that Trump had offered him various positions within his administration, including White House chief of staff in 2018, chairman of his transition team in 2016, chairman of his opioid commission in 2017, and positions such as secretary of Homeland Security and secretary of Labor on multiple occasions.
“I feel bad for Donald. I really do. You know, he’s on there saying that I’m not very smart, that I’m very deranged,” he said.
“Look, he didn’t think that, Eric, in 2018 when he offered the White House chief of staff,” he said. “He didn’t think that in 2016 … when he made me chairman of his transition, he didn’t think that in 2017 when he made me chairman of his opioid commission. He didn’t figure it out when he offered me secretary of Homeland Security twice, and secretary of Labor.”
Christie on Trump calling him a "crazed lunatic": "I feel bad for Donald…he didn't think that in 2018 when he offered me chief of staff. He didn't think that in 2016 when he made me chairman of his transition…saying these things make me really concerned for his mental health" pic.twitter.com/LvjSvvK14T
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