NBC host Kristen Welker called out Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) after he admitted he would support Donald Trump in the general election despite concerns about potential abuse of power.
While Sununu supports Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primary, Welker pointed out that he has said he would back Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.
“As you probably heard this week, Donald Trump argued that a president has to have, quote, total immunity from prosecution even for things that cross the line, including, as his lawyers argued in court recently, for killing political rivals,” Welker told Sununu. “Do you agree? Should a president have total immunity even for things that cross the line?”
“Of course not,” Sununu replied. “The amazing thing about that clip is he was dead serious. He wasn’t even making one of his ridiculous jokes. He was dead serious about that.”
“I don’t care what political party you’re from, whether you’re an extreme conservative or a socialist liberal, everybody should be concerned with that type of mentality going into the White House,” the governor remarked.
“And yet you are saying if he is the nominee, that you are going to support him,” Welker observed. “How can you say that you’ll support him?”
Sununu didn’t back off his plans to support Trump.
“At the end of the day, I think most Republicans are going to get behind the Republican nominee,” he opined. “I’m hoping that it’s obviously Nikki Haley. This is how bad Joe Biden is.”
Welker pushed back.
“And yet you’re saying that the comments by Donald Trump, everyone should be worried about that,” the NBC host said. “It’s clear that Trump’s rhetoric and actions contributed to the January 6th insurrection. How can you support someone who you believe contributed to the insurrection?”
No one’s really thinking about the general election right now,” Sununu scoffed. “If you want to beat Donald Trump, it has to happen at the ballot box. Don’t sit on your couch. Don’t wait for it to happen.”