This morning, former New Jersey Governor and Trump supporter Chris Christie was on aging Clinton muppet George Stephanopoulos’s This Week as part of a panel consisting of Rahm Emanuel; Democrat strategist (which is a grifter on the make, much like a Republican strategist) and CNN political commentator Karen Finney, Democratic strategist, and Sara Isgur, who is portrayed as a Trump administration veteran based on her being Jeff Sessions’s spokeswoman for less than two years before jumping to CNN. She also writes at The Dispatch where David French celebrates Drag Queen Story Hour as one of the blessings of liberty,
In short, it was a panel where the presence of a Trump supporter would have made a difference but there was none to be found.
“Yes,” Chris Christie tells @GStephanopoulos when asked if it’s time for President Trump to stop challenging the 2020 election results, adding that the president’s legal team has been a “national embarrassment.” https://t.co/9HKDetYpa5 pic.twitter.com/zuGivUyqYo
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 22, 2020
STEPHANOPOULOS: And, Chris, let me begin with you. I remember well, in the hours after President Trump’s speech on — early Wednesday morning, the day after the election, you said it’s incumbent on him to come forward with the evidence.
There have now been 34 court cases the president has lost. We saw Pennsylvania last night. We saw Pat Toomey, the senator from Pennsylvania, say it’s time for the president to enable this transition; it’s time for the president to concede.
The president’s response was to attack Pat Toomey on Twitter. Is it finally time for this to end?
CHRISTIE: Yes, and — and here’s the reason why. The president has had an opportunity to access the courts. And I said to you, you know, George, starting at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, if you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it.
And what’s happened here is, quite frankly, the content that the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment, Sidney Powell accusing Governor Brian Kemp of a crime on television, yet being unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has.
This is outrageous conduct by any lawyer. And notice, George, they won’t do it inside the courtroom. They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but when they go inside the courtroom, they don’t plead fraud and they don’t argue fraud.
This is what I was concerned about at 2:30 in the morning on Wednesday night. Listen, I’ve been a supporter of the president’s. I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen.
You have an obligation to present the evidence. The evidence has not been presented. And you must conclude, as Tucker Carlson even concluded the other night, that if you’re unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist. That’s what I was concerned about starting on election night, and I remain concerned today.
I think it’s wrong. I think what you’ve heard lots of Republicans starting to say this; I said it on election night; and I hope more say it going forward. Because the country is what has to matter the most. As much as I’m a strong Republican and I love my party, it’s the country that has to come first.
Christie may be a “strong Republican” in parts of New Jersey, but outside of the Acela Corridor and Los Angeles, he’s pretty much a RINO who is more interested in the perks of power and office-holding than he is in moving conservatism forward. But let’s look at the substantive part of his argument. The president and his campaign have the right to fight this out until the Electoral College votes. At that point, the legal struggle stops. The fact that Christie doesn’t like their legal strategy is pretty meaningless. No, they haven’t made some allegations in a courtroom, neither have they shut down the off-ramps in Wilmington, Delaware nor have they visited a public beach that has been closed to visitors. So I’m not all that sure what his point is.
If you believe, as many of us do that Joe Biden, should his election be validated by the Electoral College, is the beneficiary of fraud, then President Trump and his campaign have a moral duty to the nation to do whatever they can to expose the corruption. In case Christie hasn’t been told, over 70% of Republicans and 30% of Democrats believe this election was stolen. This level of mistrust of our electoral system poses much more of a challenge to the future of the Republic than does any court suit by President Trump. In fact, if Christie actually cared about the country he’d want to see the challenges to the voting process decisively and empirically refuted and not simply swept under the rug to resurface again.
Instead of arguing, against popular leftwing opinion, for the truth to come out, Christie has decided to ally himself with the SurrenderCons.
That’s fine. That’s his call. But if he thinks the Democrats are going to welcome him after January 20 because of this perfidy, they are mistaken. If he thinks any but the most fringe and irrelevant of pseudo-conservative outlets like The Buwark, like The Dispatch, like Commentary will be interested in what he has to say, he is sadly mistaken.