Chris Christie has gone from Trump enabler/defender to one who criticizes him with words that will pierce the president's ego and more.
Chris Christie no longer an enabler
Many wondered what was in it for Chris Christie. He was never your basic sycophant. But he was always careful in critiquing the president. Maybe it took being infected by COVID-19 from abiding by the president’s stupor that ultimately woke him up.
When Martha Raddatz asked Christie about the actions of the president and his enablers, his answer was straightforward.
"Well, listen, the legal theory put forward by his legal team and by the president is an absurdity,” Christie said. "And the reason why the Supreme Court didn't take it, is because it's an absurd idea to think that any state or any number of states, no matter how good they are, can challenge another state's right to run the election as they see fit. And, also, there's no evidence. As we have -- as I have been saying since election night, show us the evidence. And what's gotten even worse, though, Martha, I think, is the attacks by the president on good, hardworking, decent Republican governors. And you have seen his attitude towards these folks change. And let's think about why. Back in September, he said about Doug Ducey, Doug is tough, Doug is strong, Doug is a good governor, the Arizona governor. He said about Brian Kemp back in the summer that Brian is a capable man, he knows what he's doing, and he's done a very good job as governor. Now, after the election is over, and he lost Arizona and Georgia, he says they're RINOs that are working harder against him. He's calling them corrupt, and also telling people things that aren't true."
When Raddatz asked what was wrong with his party, he continued.
"For instance, in Georgia, he's talking about signature verification," Christie said. "Listen, Martha, it's going to be -- people are going to have to stand up and start to say these things. I mean, the fact is, in Georgia -- and people should know this -- that signature verification, which the president continues to tweet about, has been done twice in this election. It was done when the application for a mail-in ballot was sent in, and it was done when that mail-in ballot was ultimately sent in. And Governor Kemp has said this. The lieutenant governor has said it. The secretary of state has said it. And so it's gone -- the reason the Supreme Court is not taking this is not because of a lack of courage. It's for the same reason that every court has thrown this out. It's a lack of evidence and a lack of any type of legal theory that makes any sense. And the worst part, though, is attacking these guys, guys like Brian Kemp, Doug Ducey, and others, who are following the Constitution and executing the oath that they took."
That is not the pre-election Chris Christie. Elections do matter.
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