Chris Christie says it’s time for Trump to concede as he calls the president’s legal team a ‘national embarrassment’ and calls their conduct ‘outrageous’
- Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that it was time for President Donald Trump to concede to President-elect Joe Biden
- Christie is a Republican and an ally of Trump, but told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos it was time for Trump to give it up
- ‘And what’s happened here is quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment,’ Christie said
- Christie pointed out that Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson has said Trump lawyer Sidney Powell has no evidence of widespread voter fraud
- She falsely claimed that GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was bribed by a Venezuelan-linked company using CIA tech to rig the election for Biden
- Powell had appeared alongside Rudy Giuliani at the Republican National Committee Thursday for a bizarre press conference
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‘Yes,’ he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s ‘This Week’ when asked if Trump should concede to Biden to enable the transition process to begin.
‘And what’s happened here is quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment,’ Christie said.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that it was time for Trump to concede to President-elect Joe Biden
President Donald Trump, photographed Sunday at the White House before leaving for a game of golf, has refused to concede the election to Biden and instead continues to push legal challenges and conspiracy theories about widespread fraud
Christie (left), seen in the White House briefing room with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani (center) and the president, said he’s come to the conclusion that the Trump legal team has no evidence of widespread voter fraud and called them a ‘national embarrassment’
Christie said the president has had access to the courts.
‘If you’ve got evidence of fraud present it,’ he said.
Christie argued that the evidence doesn’t exist.
‘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,’ he said referencing one of Trump’s lawyers, who appeared with Rudy Giuliani Thursday at the Republican National Committee and laid out a broad conspiracy involving China, Cuba, Communists and other boogeymen of the right.
Kemp is the Republican governor of Georgia.
Powell falsely claimed on Newsmax that Kemp was bribed by a Venezuelan-connected company, who used technology from the CIA, to rig the election allowing Trump to lose.
‘This is outrageous conduct by any lawyer and notice George, they won’t go 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,’ Christie pointed out to Stephanopoulos.
Christie assured Stephopoulos and his co-panelists that he remained a Republican.
‘Listen, I’ve been a supporter of the president, I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences,’ Christie said. ‘And we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen.’
He said he came to the same conclusion as Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson – that the ‘evidence doesn’t exist.
On his Thursday night show, Carlson blasted Powell for never providing his show with any evidence of the widespread voter fraud that Trump has alleged for weeks following the election.
The election was called in Biden’s favor by the major networks on Saturday, November 7.
‘She never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one,’ Carlson said.
Carlson said Trump’s attorney ‘got angry and told us to stop contacting her,’ when representatives from his show kept reaching out in order to have her provide evidence.
Christie said it was ‘wrong’ for Trump not to concede – and to have his lawyers pushing conspiracy theories on TV.
‘I think what you’ve heard is 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 part, it’s the country that has to come first,’ Christie said.
The night before, Sen. Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, issued a statement congratulating President-elect Biden, after the Trump campaign had exhausted their legal challenges in the Keystone State.
Toomey urged Trump to ‘accept the outcome of the election.’
‘With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,’ Toomey said.