- Chris Christie called Trump’s election night speech in 2020 “one of the most dangerous pieces of political rhetoric.”
- He wrote in his memoirs that Trump’s speech made him “physically ill.”
- But Christie recently told CNN that he will not rule out supporting Trump if he runs for re-election in 2024.
Chris Christie, who served as a close adviser to former President Donald Trump throughout his tenure, called Trump’s election rally in 2020 “one of the most dangerous pieces of political rhetoric I’ve ever heard in my life.” He added that it made him “physically sick to his stomach.”
Christie described his reaction to Trump’s speech in his memoir, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden,” which hit bookshelves Tuesday.
The former New Jersey governor called Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him “untrue” and “simply irresponsible.”
Trump “could easily have said, ‘This is a very close choice. It is late. I go to bed. You should all go to bed. We’ll meet again tomorrow to see where we are. I’m still very confident we will win, “Christie wrote.
He continued: “But he did not say anything like that. Not even close. What he chose to say instead was terrible, one of the most dangerous pieces of political rhetoric I have ever heard in my life, certainly from an American president standing in front of the president’s seal in the eastern room of the White House. ”
Christie wrote that he watched Trump’s speech at 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 from an ABC News studio and described how he quickly disagreed with Trump’s approach minutes after the speech ended. He said he was trying to persuade Trump to admit the race after major news media expected Joe Biden as the winner on Saturday, November 7th.
“I sat on the set while he talked, hung on every single word I had, just had a stomach ache, a physical stomach ache with each new claim,” Christie wrote. “I thought, What is he doing? You can not do that! You can not say that! He better have evidence. Where is the evidence? What do the lawyers say to him? Where is the proof? He better have proof. “
He added: “The damage caused by that speech still resonates across the country today.”
But long before election night, Trump had insisted he would not accept a defeat and repeatedly claimed that the only way Joe Biden could win was if the race was “scammed.”
“Democrats are trying to manipulate this election because it’s the only way they want to win,” Trump said at a September 2020 meeting.
In the months since he left the White House, Trump has continued to insist that he was the rightful winner of the election and that the race was plagued by widespread voter fraud. This is despite the fact that his campaign and Republican agents in line with him have not been able to prove a single one of these allegations to judges in state and local courts all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Election officials and cybersecurity experts also concluded that, contrary to Trump’s conspiracy theories, the 2020 election was the safest and most secure in U.S. history. And Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General, Bill Barr, said last year that the Department of Justice had not revealed evidence of widespread fraud to an extent large enough to affect election results.
Despite criticizing Trump in his memoirs, Christie recently told CNN that he has not ruled out supporting Trump if he runs for re-election in 2024.
“Let’s see who he is and what he says and how he behaves,” Christie said at the time.