MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace called out former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for just speaking out against Trump after five years of defending him during some of his biggest controversies. Wallace asked if Christie is doing this now to try and secure a political future in the post Trump era.
“I don’t remember you coming out and forcefully pushing back against Donald Trump’s comments on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape. You didn’t defend him, but you didn’t withdraw your support,” Wallace asked. “I didn’t hear you, after he called African nations ‘bleep-hole nations.’ I didn’t hear you distance yourself from this president at any point until the target for his ire and lawlessness was the democracy you haven’t ruled out leading in four years. Are you simply making a political calculation that you can clean the Trump stink off you faster than Marco Rubio or some of the other competitors?”
“No,” Christie responded. “Not at all Nicolle, and in fact, at the end of it, I made a decision back in 2016 that the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was one where I was with Donald Trump. I don’t regret that choice, I still don’t regret it today. I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton today, if that choice were to be made,” he said. “So that’s not what I’m saying. But what I am saying is that, you know, I evaluate these things one at a time. You picked places of things where I haven’t spoken out. And there have been any number of things where I have spoken out.”
Watch the clip below from MSNBC.