Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is calling on Republicans to move past Donald Trump’s “fantasies” about the 202 elections, calling the former president’s conspiracy theories about election fraud “plain nuts,” The Guardian reports.
Christie’s negative comments about Trump come in a new book titled “Republican Rescue,” in which the former governor seeks to present himself as the face of the party after Donald Trump, and a plausible contender for the presidential nomination in 2024, according to The Guardian.
In the book, obtained by the Guardian, Christie writes that Republicans “need to renounce the conspiracy theories and truth deniers, the ones who know better and the ones who are just plain nuts”.
“We need to give our supporters facts that will help put all these fantasies to rest, so everyone can focus with clear minds on the issues that really matter. We need to quit wasting our time, our energy and our credibility on claims that won’t ever convince anyone or bring fresh converts onboard,” Christie wrote, according to the report.
He also condemned the likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for spreading conspiracy theories, saying Trump indulges such figures because he likes “anyone who says nice things about him”.
Discussing the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that high-profile Democrats are satanic pedophiles, Christie writes that such beliefs “would be ridiculous” if they were not “so sad”.
“Many in our society,” Christie writes in Republican Rescue, “use these wild, untrue conspiracy theories to advance their political agendas.”