Trump and Christie bicker online over 2024 presidential election
Donald Trump has called former ally Chris Christie ‘sloppy’ after the former New Jersey governor predicted the ex-president won’t win in 2024 and slammed him for losing his re-election bid in 2020 – saying “that loss to Joe still stings.”
The war of words erupted on Sunday after Christie posted on Twitter that Trump, 76, was the only candidate to “lose to Biden outside of Delaware.”
The 45th president countered that Christie’s 2016 campaign “caught fire”.
Trump, who announced his third straight run for the White House on Nov. 15, took to his Truth Social platform to lambast Christie after her appearance on ABC News’ “This Week.”
“’Sloppy’ Chris Christie, the failed former governor of New Jersey, has spent most of the past year campaigning in New Hampshire for the Republican presidential nomination. Much like his term, where he left with just a 9% approval rating, his presidential campaign was a complete disaster,” Trump said.
“He endorsed me the next day, then recommended Chris Wray for the FBI (how did that work?), went down in flames, then was SAVED by ABC FAKE NEWS. I never wanted to him!” he added.
This lead to Christie’s response on Twitter.
“I am the target of Donald Trump’s new tantrum. None of his lies about me today bothered him when he asked me to prep him for every general election debate or offered me 3 different ministerial positions,” the former governor said.
“He’s the only man to lose to Biden outside of Delaware. That loss to Joe still stings,” Christie reiterated.
Christie, who endorsed Trump after dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary, apparently ruffled the 45th president’s feathers when he answered a question from moderator Jonathan Karl about whether the former president can beat Biden in 2024.
“I don’t think so,” Christie said bluntly.
Christie, an ABC News contributor, also doubted the 80-year-old Biden’s chances of winning in 2024, noting that the president did not win the election in 2020, but Trump “lost.”
“Politicians, when they run for office, you don’t always win. Sometimes the other guy loses. Joe Biden’s President because Donald Trump lost. Joe Biden did not win. And Joe Biden never took ownership of that fact. And so he continues to do what he did when he was racing, which he thinks is great because I won. No, you didn’t win. Trump lost,” Christie said.
He then pointed to Biden’s age, his poor showing in the polls and doubted the octogenarian could withstand the rigors of a re-election campaign.
“He’s not capable of running a traditional American race,” Christie said. “And what he had in 20 was a gift. He had Donald Trump, who was toxic.