Christie: If Trump Didn’t Become President, He Probably Would Have Sued His Accusers
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and Gov. Chris Christie got into something of a heated argument over the more than a dozen women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault.
It all started as the pair, along with a panel, discussed Trump’s failed endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women from when they were teenagers.
“Your friend stepped in it when he endorsed Roy Moore,” Wallace said, as Christie laughed incredulously. “By endorsing an accused child molester, he very much reopened the conversation that he himself is accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women.”
“Do you think he has the right line of defense for himself, in terms of the momentum of the #MeToo movement and all of his accusers getting sort of a second moment to restate what he did against them?”
Christie deflected the question, telling Wallace that Trump looked him in the eye and denied each of the allegations placed against him and, because of this, he believes the president.
“Everyone’s gonna make their own judgments on this,” he said. “I tell you that I haven’t seen anything.”
The conversation segued to Trump’s famous campaign promise to sue each of his accusers, a promise that has fallen by the wayside.
“I think that he became president,” Christie said, by way of an explanation as to why Trump didn’t follow through with his legal threats. “I think that if he hadn’t become president he probably would have sued them, knowing him.”
Christie then suggested that the fact that Trump didn’t sue his accusers proves that the president has gone through a “cooling down” process, a claim that frustrated Wallace.
“Cooling down?! He sends the White House Press Secretary to call these women liars,” she said. “It seems that everywhere except in the Oval Office, benefit of the doubt goes to the women accusing men of harassment.”
The two began arguing in earnest over whether or not it is the job of Sarah Huckabee Sanders to tell the truth or simply say what Trump tells her to say, with Christie noting “she’s not up there to be an independent actor.”
“You know this,” Christie emphatically exclaimed. “If he’s telling her that that’s the truth, it’s her job to communicate his message and if she’s uncomfortable with his message then she resigns.”
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