Chris Christie calls Trump authorized staff a ‘nationwide embarrassment’ | US & Canada
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says Trump’s lawyers have provided no evidence to support allegations of US election fraud.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been a close ally of US President Donald Trump since the 2016 election, has ridiculed the behavior of the President’s legal team as a “national embarrassment”.
Christie, who helped Trump prepare for the debates during the 2016 and 2020 election season, said Trump’s legal team made major fraud claims at press conferences but failed to confirm them in the courtroom.
Refusing to admit defeat in the presidential contest, Trump has instead focused on long-term legal challenges, telling in hopes of undoing the election victory of his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden. President-elect Biden currently has 306 votes, well over the 270 votes required to win under the US Electoral College.
“What happened here is, quite frankly, the content of the president’s legal team was a national embarrassment,” Christie said during a podium appearance on ABC News.
“I supported the president. I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences and we cannot go on pretending that something happened here that did not happen. You are required to provide the evidence, ”he said.
Christie added that Republicans should focus on the two Georgia Senate runoff elections in January that will determine which party controls the Senate.
“Throwing stones through the window”
Few high-profile Republicans, and even fewer Trump allies, have recognized Biden’s victory, and many instead offer tacit or explicit support for Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud and electoral irregularities.
However, in the past few days more have broken their silence. This includes Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, who on Saturday urged Trump to accept the results.
“To ensure that he is remembered for these outstanding achievements and to help unify our country, President Trump should accept the election result and facilitate the president’s transition process,” Toomey said, receiving a quick reprimand from Trump on Twitter.
Other prominent senators, including Trump’s ally Lindsey Graham, said Trump should allow some collaboration with Biden’s transition team while supporting the president’s legal challenges.
On Sunday, North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer criticized Trump’s transition delay as the youngest Conservative. However, he also defended the president’s myriad legal challenges.
Trump’s former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, who grappled with the president and was sacked in September 2019, also had harsh words for the president on Sunday.
In an interview with CNN, Bolton accused Trump of “throwing stones through windows” and being “the political equivalent of a mugger”.
Bolton added that Trump’s challenges were no longer a “legal exercise” but had become “an exercise of brute political power”.