Chris Christie says Donald Trump’s EGO won’t allow him to skip debates and opponents should stop hugging the Republican frontrunner and start bashing the former president
- “His ego won’t allow him not to be on that podium,” said Chris Christie Sunday
- The former New Jersey governor also had advice for Trump opponents
- ‘You can’t beat Donald Trump playing bumper pool,’ he told ABC’s ‘This Week’
Former New Jersey governor and possible 2024 nominee Chris Christie said Sunday that he doesn’t believe Donald Trump will follow through on his threat to avoid GOP debates.
“His ego won’t allow him not to be on that podium,” he said.
Trump is the clear front-runner in the nomination race and has said there would be no advantage in participating.
He filed similar complaints in 2016 and 2020, skipping the final GOP debate prior to the Iowa caucuses during his first run.
Two Republican presidential debates are scheduled this year, with the first in Milwaukee in August
Former New Jersey governor and possible 2024 nominee Chris Christie said on Sunday that he doesn’t believe Donald Trump will follow through on his threat to avoid GOP debates
Christie and Trump in happier times. Christie prepared Trump for debates in 2016 and 2020. He debated against him in 2016 before dropping out and adding his support to Trump’s campaign
“I see everyone is talking about the Republican debates, but no one got my approval, or the Trump campaign’s approval, before they were announced,” Trump said in a recent post on his Truth Social platform.
He said his polls were so high that he shouldn’t worry.
“When you’re in the lead with seemingly insurmountable numbers, and you have hostile networks with angry, TRUMP & MAGA-hating anchors asking the ‘questions’, why subject yourself to libel and abuse?”
Nonsense, said Christie during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I can tell you this because I was the guy who prepared him for debates in 16 and 20,” he said.
“He believes he’ll win every debate he’s in and that ego part of him will keep him from skipping.”
Christie brushed off questions from other panelists about when and if he would announce a run, but he had some harsh words for other candidates.
“They’re quite a match for him,” he said. They hope he implodes, and that if they’re nice to him, they’ll inherit his constituents.
“It all looks like the political science theory they’re dealing with, which I think is a lost proposition for all those candidates.”
Christie helped end Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 campaign on a debate stage in New Hampshire. They also appeared in South Carolina (pictured here)
He suggested they confront him head-on, embracing the risk that came with it.
You can’t beat Donald Trump by playing bumper pool and knocking him off 3-cushion and hoping he goes in. If he goes in the hole,” he said.
“It doesn’t work that way.”
Trump’s reluctance to participate in GOP debates has led to speculation that he could appear with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“He can go straight to the candidates, stream it live, invite the networks, but keep control of the process,” a source said. The Washington Recently posted.