Chris Christie is booed at Republican religious conference for saying Trump ‘has let us down’, lacks ‘character’ and ‘makes our country smaller’
- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slammed former President Donald Trump at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference on Friday
- He was booed and shouted at by members of the crowd
- Christie, who is running for the 2024 GOP nomination, called out Trump for a ‘failure of leadership’
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was booed at a Republican church conference on Friday, telling the public that former President Donald Trump “has let us down,” lacks “character” and “makes our country smaller”.
Christie, who is running for president, appeared around noon Friday at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, which draws an audience of Christian conservatives.
He started his speech by saying he planned to talk about “character” before hammering the former commander in chief halfway through – prompting boos and cheers of “we love Trump!” a crowd.
“I’m running because he let us down. He let us down because he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t want to take responsibility for the mistakes that were made. And all the flaws it has. And all the things he did,” Christie said.
“And it’s not everyone’s leadership, it’s a failure of leadership,” the former New Jersey governor added.
This remark provoked loud boos from the crowd.
“You can boo me if you want,” he replied.
‘But here’s the thing. Our faith teaches us that people must take responsibility for what they do. People need to stand up and take responsibility for what they are doing,” he continued.
Christie noted that as soon as he started criticizing Trump, the ex-president started insulting him.
“And put me down,” Christie offered.
And I’ll tell you. If everything you do, everything you do, disagrees with someone and in return you get that kind of treatment, I join a big list of Americans like Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis and Mark Esper and Mick Mulvaney. And John Kelly,’ Christie said, ticking off the names of aides who had turned critical of Trump as the public continued to yell at him.
A handful of people started a “we love Trump” chant.
“And you can love it all you want,” Christie replied.
“But I will tell you, I will tell you, doing this kind of stuff makes our country smaller. It makes our country smaller and it makes us inferior,” he added.
Afterwards, Christie spoke to reporters and continued to rip Trump apart.
He pointed out how Trump once offered him the job of chief of staff.
“And then on a podcast yesterday he said he never trusted me,” Christie noted.
“Well, what does that make him?” A liar or an idiot? Christine thinks. ‘It’s one or the other.’
Christie told the press that he fully expected to be heckled.
“I’m not going to come here like the other candidates and flatter them,” the former governor said. “I knew there were a lot of Trump fans and I knew I was probably going to get booed.”
‘But you know what? I guarantee you one thing – I made every person in this room think today. And that is part of your job as a leader,” he added.
He said he thought Trump still had the support of so many Republicans “because I think they have no respect for President Biden and he’s the last frame of reference in comparison that they have.” .
“And I don’t think anyone in this room can honestly say, given his conduct, that he’s a person of character. He’s not,” Christie said.
“Now, if they want to sideline the issue of character in deciding the president of the United States, I think that’s wrong, but that’s also their choice,” the former governor said.