New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Sunday dug into former President Trump following his apparent confusion about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), arguing the former president has “lost the fastball.”
The comment came in response to a question by NBC “Meet the Press” anchor Kristen Welker, who pointed to Trump’s speech last week, when he appeared to confuse Haley and Pelosi while discussing the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots.
“Look, whether it’s Joe Biden or Donald Trump … either one, get off the teleprompter, they can barely make a cogent point. I mean, really,” Sununu said.
Welker interjected to ask if Sununu was saying Trump is not mentally fit, to which the governor responded, “Not in that moment, he sure as heck wasn’t. I mean, look, the point is you have two nearly 80-year-olds fighting this thing out. That’s not what America wants.”
“That is a great example of, this is not Donald Trump, the disruptor of 2016. This guy has lost his fastball. You know, that’s a great example of it. We always want to go forward in America, right? We always want that next generation. Neither of these guys represent the next generation,” Sununu continued.
Sununu, whose state will hold its high-stakes primary on Tuesday, has endorsed Haley and appeared with her on the campaign trail in recent months. He came under criticism earlier this month, however, when he said he would support whomever the eventual Republican nominee is, even if it is Trump as a hypothetical convicted felon.
Haley also called out Trump’s mental fitness during another Sunday interview, arguing the former president’s mental fitness is “not at the same level” as it was the first time he won the White House in 2016.
A polling index by The Hill and Decision Desk HQ shows Trump with a 11.1 point lead over Haley in the Granite State, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trails far behind.