Christie told ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos that it was time for Trump’s refusal to concede to end, adding to pressure building from members of the GOP to begin recognizing President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory.
Stephanopoulos noted that Trump’s legal team had lost 34 court cases and that Trump had attacked Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) for calling on the president on Saturday to recognize the results of the election.
“Is it finally time for this end?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Yes,” Christie responded. “The president has had an opportunity to access the courts. And I said to you, you know, George, starting at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, if you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it. And what’s happened here is, quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”
“Sidney Powell accusing [Georgia] Gov. Brian Kemp of a crime on television yet being unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has. This is outrageous conduct by any lawyer, and notice, George, they won’t do it inside the courtroom,” said Christie, a former federal prosecutor. “They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but when they go inside the courtroom, they don’t plead fraud, and they don’t argue fraud.”
“I’ve been a supporter of the president. I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen. You have an obligation to present the evidence. The evidence has not been presented,” Christie added.
“I said it on election night, and I hope more say it going forward because the country is what has to matter the most, as much as I’m a strong Republican and I love my party,” Christie said. “It’s the country that has to come first.”