As President Donald Trump continues to claim voter fraud in the days after Election Day, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pushed back, calling out the president and demanding that he provide evidence of claims that Democrats are attempting to “steal” the 2020 election.
nd longtime ally to President Trump pushed back on the president on Thursday, urging Trump to provide evidence of claims that Democrats are attempting to “steal” the 2020 election.
Trump on Thursday claimed during a White House press conference he and his campaign will “not allow corruption to steal” the election, while maintaining that he will win the 2020 presidential race despite a dwindling path toward reelection as votes continue to come in.
The president made multiple claims that have been disputed, and Christie, his longtime ally and advisor didn’t seem to like what he heard.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the ballot a number of times myself. I’ve won, I’ve lost. And so, as a candidate, you’re even more invested in the integrity of the system,” Christie said on ABC News following Trump’s comment.
“If this stuff is going on that the president is talking about … it would undercut everything that we believe in in our system. But as a prosecutor, that’s like asking me to indict someone without showing me any evidence,” Christie continued. “If you’re gonna say those things from behind the podium at the White House, it’s his right to do it, it’s his right to pursue legal action, but show us the evidence.”
Christie said “we heard nothing today about any evidence” of the president’s claims.
“I wanna know what backs up what he said so that I can analyze it,” Christie added. “And let me tell you, if he’s right I’ll be outraged… and if he’s wrong then the American people are going to be able make the judgment about this election that the results have been fair. This kind of thing, all it does is inflame without informing. We cannot permit inflammation without information.”
The president has continuously lambasted the mail-in voting, saying that it was ripe for fraud.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans voted by mail to avoid gathering in crowds at polling places. Despite the president’s claims, election officials and polling experts said there is very little proof that mail-in voting is any more susceptible to fraud than voting in person.
Watch Chris Christie’s interiview below:
Chris Christie says it’s Trump’s “right to pursue legal action, but show us the evidence. We heard nothing today about any evidence.”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 6, 2020