In recent campaign events, Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate, criticized Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. During a CNN interview with Jake Tapper, Christie responded to Trump’s New Hampshire rally where the former president quoted Vladimir Putin to criticize America’s institutions amid his legal challenges.
Christie mocked Trump for presenting Putin as an “expert witness” on democracy and characterized Trump as someone who believes, “Woe is me. Woe is me. I can’t believe I got caught.” Tapper then asked Christie about Trump’s remarks claiming immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.” Trump alleged that migrants from South America, Africa, and Asia were coming from “mental institutions and prisons.”
Christie condemned Trump’s comments, calling them disgusting and accusing Trump of dog-whistling to Americans under stress and blaming people who don’t look like “us.” He criticized Republicans who endorsed Trump, particularly Nikki Haley, accusing her of enabling Trump by stating he is fit to be president..
Christie emphasized that Trump’s statements are not acceptable for an American president, and he criticized members of Congress who support Trump for their lack of leadership. He pointed out the broader issue of politicians prioritizing their political futures over speaking out against problematic behavior. Christie concluded by expressing his commitment to the presidential race to convey that such rhetoric is not okay.
Chris Christie held back little as he ripped into Donald Trump’s blatantly anti-immigrant rhetoric in his most recent campaign events.
The former New Jersey governor joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, who started State of the Union off by asking the Republican presidential candidate for his thoughts about Trump’s New Hampshire rally on Saturday. The former president quoted Vladimir Putin in order to rail against America’s institutions over the numerous criminal charges he faces.
“It shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others about democracy,” Trump said while parroting the Russian autocrat. Christie scoffed at Trump touting Putin as an “expert witness” on democracy, mocking him by saying “this is a guy who just believes ‘Woe is me. Woe is me. I can’t believe I got caught.’”
After Christie spoke about Trump’s legal peril from the testimony of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Tapper asked Christie what he thought of Trump telling his supporters that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.” He said this by claiming America is being inundated by South American, African and Asian migrants who come from “mental institutions and prisons.”
Trump’s remarks were condemned by the Biden campaign, and Christie also made it abundantly clear he did not approve. He also took a shot at his primarily rivals who’ve refused to join him in his strident criticisms of the Republican frontrunner.
HE’S DISGUSTING. AND WHAT HE’S DOING IS DOG-WHISTLING TO AMERICANS WHO FEEL ABSOLUTELY UNDER STRESS AND STRAINED FROM THE ECONOMY AND FROM THE CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD, AND HE’S DOG WHISTLING TO BLAME ON PEOPLE FROM AREAS THAT DON’T LOOK LIKE US.
THE OTHER PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THIS IS OKAY. ALMOST 100 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE ENDORSED HIM. NIKKI HALEY THIS WEEK SAID HE’S FIT TO BE PRESIDENT. YOU’RE TELLING ME THAT SOMEONE WHO SAID THAT IMMIGRANTS ARE POISONING THE BLOOD OF THIS COUNTRY, SOMEONE WHO SAID VLADIMIR PUTIN IS A CHARACTER WITNESS IS FIT TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
‘WAS THE RIGHT PRESIDENT AT THE RIGHT TIME?’ NIKKI HALEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF, AND SHE’S PART OF THE PROBLEM BECAUSE SHE’S ENABLING HIM. SHE’S ENABLING HIM BY SAYING TO PEOPLE ‘IT’S OKAY.’.
LET ME BE REALLY CLEAR, I’M IN THIS RACE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW, IT’S NOT OKAY. IT IS NOT OKAY FOR AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO BE SAYING THESE THINGS, AND SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF. AND THESE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO JUST SIT THERE AND NOD THEIR HEAD LIKE A DOG IN THE BACK OF A CAR, JUST NODDING AWAY, WHEN HE SAID ALL OF THESE THINGS, BECAUSE ALL THEIR ABOUT IS THEIR OWN POLITICAL FUTURE… THIS IS WHY AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IS FALLING DOWN.