Christie: Donald Trump Is Going To Spend The Next 12 Months Leaning Back, Watching Democrats Argue

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Sunday on ABC's "This Week" roundtable, former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie rejoiced when he saw Democratic panelists Yvette Simpson and Heidi Heitkamp squabbling, leaning back from the table and quipping: "This is what Donald Trump – I’m telling you, if he’s watching this, what he’s doing, leaning back like I am and laughing."

"Let me tell you, let’s have the next 12 months be Heidi and Yvette arguing with each other. Because this is what they want for the Democratic Party," he said.





CHRIS CHRISTIE: George – George, let me tell you--

HEIDI HEITKAMP: He’s physically moving back--

CHRISTIE: … This is what Donald Trump – I’m telling you, if he’s watching this, what he’s doing, leaning back like I am and laughing. Let me tell you, let’s have the next 12 months be Heidi and Yvette arguing with each other. Because this is what they want for the Democratic Party …

YVETTE SIMPSON: But we’re not arguing. We’re not arguing.

HEITKAMP: We’re not.

CHRISTIE: Oh, yes you – oh, no – let me tell you something …

SIMPSON: Because they’re both – both positions are better than Trump’s …

CHRISTIE: Let me say something. Let me say something …

HEITKAMP: Amen.

CHRISTIE: I’m married, that’s an argument. OK? We can act like it’s not but that’s an argument. The bottom line is this. Donald Trump is going to have a very clear message about economic growth, the development of the economy over – during his time. And no matter what, I saw Joe Biden say today – or yesterday, rather, that he inherited the Obama-Biden economy. They never saw 3 percent growth in a quarter.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But let me press you on that. If – if this economy is doing so well and the numbers show out that it’s doing quite well, why is the president behind?

CHRISTIE: Because the president is a difficult figure for some people to support.

SIMPSON: Most people.

CHRISTIE: This is not – well, not most because guess what, he won the election the last time.

SIMPSON: Well, now we know.

CHRISTIE: So the fact is – the fact is that for some people, his style, his bombastic nature is difficult for them. But that’s right now in a vacuum. That’s Donald Trump versus no one. Let’s have it be – whether it’s Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren or, heaven please help me, Bernie Sanders, have them be a binary choice next September to November and you’ll see those numbers change significantly.

SIMPSON: He’s the least popular president in a generation. And I think the folks who are behind him …

CHRISTIE: That’s just not true.

SIMPSON: … Are behind him because he does take bold action …

CHRISTIE: It’s just not true.

SIMPSON: We don’t agree with that action but they like the fact that he actually does something …

CHRISTIE: By the way, Barack Obama’s numbers …

SIMPSON: And that’s why Democrats have Biden.

CHRISTIE: … Barack Obama’s numbers were exactly the same as Donald Trump’s right now at this exact same time as his presidency. So do you want to say, Yvette, that Barack Obama was the most unpopular president in a generation? I mean, you guys just say this stuff…

SIMPSON: Barack Obama was not under investigation for obstruction …

CHRISTIE: … 70 percent of people are for Medicare for All – 70 – no, no. No …

STEPHANOPOULOS: You know what, guys?

CHRISTIE: No, but – but his attorney general was held in contempt for fast – for Fast and Furious.

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