Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did not hold back when discussing his political rival, Donald Trump, during a recent appearance on Face the Nation. Here’s what happened.
The discussion revolved around the January 6th Capitol riots and the ongoing investigations into the former president’s role in the events that unfolded that day.
Christie hesitated to label Trump’s actions as criminal but shed light on why many Republicans seem to be distancing themselves from their previously rigid stances on “law and order.”
Why Is There a Shift in Republicans’ Attitudes?
When asked about the shift in some Republicans’ attitudes towards holding candidates criminally responsible, Christie pointed to fear as the driving factor.
They Fear Trump
Christie replied, “I think because they’re afraid of Donald Trump.”
Christie further explained Trump’s role in the Capitol riots saying, “The president invited them there. He incited them by telling them the election had been stolen and then he requested that they march up to the Capitol.”
He Retreated to Safety
He added, “And of course, like Donald Trump, he said he would march with them and then immediately marched back to the safety of the White House and watched what went on.”
While Christie acknowledged the ongoing investigations and potential evidence yet to be presented, he expressed disappointment with the claim that Trump bore no responsibility for the riots.
Trump’s False Claims Were the Reason for the Breach
According to Christie, Trump’s actions were a culmination of false claims and incitement that led to the breach of the Capitol.
He Encouraged Supporters
As highlighted by Christie, one of the key aspects of Trump’s involvement in the riots was his alleged encouragement of supporters to protest while the electoral votes were being counted.
Trump Remained in Safety
The former governor noted that Trump remained inactive at the White House during this time, seemingly disinterested in the consequences of his supporters’ actions.
There’s a History Between the Two
It’s not the first time Chris Christie has criticized Donald Trump in this way. The two political figures have a history of tension and public exchanges of disparaging remarks.
Trump Had Insulted Him
Christie has faced insults from Trump, ranging from comments about his weight to attacking his political positions.
Fighting Off Personal Attacks
The former governor didn’t hesitate to respond to these personal attacks. He emphasizes the importance of considering the evidence presented by the special counsel, Jack Smith, before making any determinations.
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident. One YouTube user wrote, “You have to peddle fear and hate to win the Republican nomination.”
Another user added, “Chris Christie has no chance to win the Republican nomination for president but he sure makes more sense than the other candidates.”
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