“When we talk about kicking people off of committees because they don’t like one vote or the other — again, I just think they have their priorities screwed up,” Sununu told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
Pressed by Bash on what the retaliation efforts say about his party, Sununu said: “Again, I think it says that we have our priorities wrong. Republicans have had huge successes with cutting taxes, limiting government, creating opportunities in schools, supporting parents, making sure kids — those are our wins, and those are American wins.”
Sununu also weighed in on an intraparty fight being waged over the party’s response to Rep. Paul Gosar after the Arizona Republican posted an edited anime video to social media that showed him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, one of the two Republicans who voted to censure Gosar, has been siding with Democrats more and more as her party grapples with its more extreme factions, an individualism Sununu appeared to support on Sunday.
“Well, I think there’s room for everybody in the Republican Party. I really do,” Sununu replied. “Whether you’re independent or Democrat, we’ve got room for everybody to come on board.”
He continued: “It can’t be about one particular issue. That’s kind of that social media mob mentality that’s built up in the country where we don’t agree with one issue so we’re going to attack or vilify one person or individual. We’ve got to get beyond that.”
This story has been updated with additional details Sunday.