Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) called it "richly ironic" for former President Obama to call President Trump a "symptom" and not the cause on Sunday's panel of ABC's This Week.
"Let me say one other thing about President Obama's speech, I find it richly ironic that he talks about the fact Trump is a symptom not the cause. OK, so what was happening, he was the president for the eight years when the cause was being created that he's now become a symptom of. But the president acts like he's detached from this, that somehow he was a dispassionate observer during the eight years beforehand," he said.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Chris, let me bring this to you, because I remember pretty vividly being in the White House in 1994, President Clinton not that popular at the time getting a lot of advice to pull back, come off the campaign trail, let members of congress run their own races.
A lot of Republicans believe that their best hope coming up in the midterms is just to run on the economy, not to run on President Trump, but he's not coming off the campaign trail.
CHRISTIE: No, definitely not. This is a president who will be out there and he's going to be campaigning, because it's what he likes to do. He enjoys it. First and foremost it's because he enjoys it. Secondly, he thinks in certain places he can be helpful.
And I think they will look at where he can be helpful and look at polling numbers...
STEPHANOPOULOS: More like the Senate races than House races.
CHRISTIE: Much more likely Senate races than House races.
But let me say one other thing about President Obama's speech, I find it richly ironic that he talks about the fact Trump is a symptom not the cause. OK, so what was happening, he was the president for the eight years when the cause was being created that he's now become a symptom of. But the president acts like he's detached from this, that somehow he was a dispassionate observer during the eight years beforehand.
If Donald Trump is truly -- if he's right and Donald Trump is the symptom of a cause, well, Donald Trump got elected in 2016 after eight years of Barack Obama's president. He can't detach himself interest that.
CUTTER: You're absolutely right.
Here are the other symptoms and some of the causes that the day he was elected president, after unifying the country with the largest coalition that we've seen coming together to elect for a president, Republicans had a meeting in Washington to say the one thing we need to do is make sure we have to subvert everything he does, vote against everything, stop him in his tracks and make sure he is a one-term president. And they tried to do that every step of the way -- stimulus, health care, clean energy, you name it. Everything. Tried to block him.
And as they did that, they rallied a base and played to their worst sentiments.
CHRISTIE: In very much, Stephanie, the same way that the Democrats called George W. Bush an illegitimate president from the moment the Supreme Court -- wait a second.
CUTTER: I worked...
CHRISTIE: I let you talk.
CHRISTIE: But I'm sorry, Democrats worked from 2000, from the day of the Supreme Court decision forward, to say that George W. Bush was an illegitimate president, recounting the votes...
STEPHANOPOULOS: We are getting into a historical debate that we do not have time for today.
Thank you all very much. We'll be right back.