During a panel discussion on Sunday, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and longtime adviser to Donald Trump, slammed the President’s efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win, calling Trump’s legal team “a national embarrassment.”
Christie condemned the president for making claims of widespread voter fraud without presenting any evidence, adding that it’s time for Trump to concede the election to Biden.
“The conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment,” Christie said on ABC’s “This Week.”
He torched Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell for accusing Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) of “a crime on television.” During an interview with conservative outlet Newsmax on Saturday, Powell baselessly claimed Kemp, a Trump ally, was bribed by a voting machine company in a conspiracy to defeat Trump.
“This is outrageous conduct by any lawyer,” Christie said. “And notice … 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.”
Trump campaign lawyers have pushed unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and ballot-counting irregularities in public, but they have scrapped such allegations in court because they are under oath.
In a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, a judge asked the Trump campaign legal team point-blank whether they were alleging fraud. “To my knowledge at present, no,” the Trump team attorney responded.
“Listen, I have been a supporter of the president’s,” Christie said Sunday. “I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen.”
Several top Republicans have publicly recognized Biden as president-elect, though most have either refused to do so or have remained silent on the issue.
Watch the video below via ABC.
“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
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