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“The View” co-host Joy Behar said something during a podcast on Tuesday that likely ended any chance, however remote, that former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had at securing the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
She sat for an interview with the show’s executive producer, Brian Teta, for an episode of “The View: Behind the Table” to discuss the premier of the 27th season of the program, as well as co-host Whoopi Goldberg getting COVID again, and the outlook in the month’s ahead as the election season begins.
“The election is heating up now. We’re into it in a way that we haven’t been in the last two seasons. Who do you want to talk to coming up on this season? Who are you excited about having in there?” Teta asked, according to Mediaite.
“I want to talk to all those Republicans who were in that debate, and I have questions for them,” Behar said. “I want to say to Chris Christie, ‘Sir, you have been a champion to the left right now because you have told the truth about Donald Trump.’
“So when they asked you, would you vote for him, why were you hesitant in raising your hand? Why don’t you just raise your damn hand and say, I’m going to vote for him if that’s what you believe? That won’t please me, but that’s the truth. Then do it,” she continued.
She went on to say that all the other candidates save for former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison, who is polling in the basement with GOP voters, raised their hand to say they would support Trump if he becomes the nominee.
“Even after we know that he has committed all these crimes, that he is an insurrectionist, that he is trying to overthrow this government, that he is doing something that no president has ever done before, that he’s the only president that has a mugshot, for Christ’s sakes,” Behar added.
“And yet they said they would vote for him. That is pathetic and really unacceptable. Unforgivable. And I want them on this show,” Behar said.
It’s important to note that Behar’s claims are unproven; Trump has been charged with several crimes, but he’s not been convicted of anything. Also, he has not been charged with “sedition” or “insurrection.”
Last month, Fox News host and former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had harsh words for Christie over a campaign strategy she believes won’t get him anywhere with the Republican base.
Christie, a former federal prosecutor known for frequently criticizing McEnany’s former boss, Trump, has been lauding the Biden Justice Department and the FBI, despite their unprecedented targeting of the former president. Trump has faced multiple indictments, including one for an alleged offense — mishandling classified documents — that President Joe Biden himself has faced accusations of committing.
Earlier on Fox News, Christie said in reference to FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony before a House committee earlier in the day: “I did recommend him to President Trump, and I’m proud that I did.”
“Those things they’re talking about today, and the director made this point over and over again, are all things from when Jim Comey, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch were in charge of the Justice Department — before he got put in charge,” Christie said. “He fired the entire Comey leadership team out of the FBI, they’re all gone.”
He added: “So yeah, I think Chris Wray has done a very good job, and I think a lot of the stuff you see today is theater, people trying to raise money for campaigns.”
After Christie’s recent defense of Wray, McEnany said during a segment on “Outnumbered” that it won’t win over many Republicans, let alone supporters of Trump.
“Best of luck to Chris Christie with that message in a GOP primary, which has tremendous distrust for the FBI,” she said.
After noting that Wray has made some positive changes and done some good things at the bureau, she also said much of what is wrong today he hasn’t addressed.
“There’s a lot of questions for him — this ‘radical traditionalist Catholic’ memo which he rescinded, he said he was ‘aghast’ by it. But yet he won’t allow the authors of that before Congress,” she added.
“None of this instills confidence in the American people, many of whom have distrust for the FBI.”