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It’s time to stop whispering, stop fearing Trump, losing him

It’s time to stop whispering, stop fearing Trump, losing him

Chris Christie is one of the most interesting names when it comes to the potential GOP field of 2024 because unlike Ron DeSantis, Mike Huckabee, Rick Scott or even Ted Cruz, Chris Christie will not be running as part of the “America First” playbook or coalition, the autocratic movement towards which the rest of the GOP is heading, a movement much larger than Trump. Christie made that clear Saturday during a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, according to The hill:

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (right) urged the Republican Party to quit Donald Trump on Saturday, just days after the former president announced his third candidacy.

“It’s time to stop whisperingsaid Christie at the annual meeting of leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “It’s time to stop being afraid of any person. It is time to stand up for the principles and beliefs on which we founded this party and on which this country. »

“We keep losing and losing and losing,said Christie on Saturday. “And the thing is, the reason we’re losing is because Donald Trump put himself before everyone else.”

Christie may be preaching to the choir at this point. Over the past two Tuesdays, it has become more than clear that Trump has acted as the party’s midterm anchor (although there are plenty of other blame points), and not a single senator. endorsed Trump’s candidacy for president. Of course, Friday’s special counsel announcement once again rallied the party around Trump. But Christie, who has been the strongest and the longest with this message, is the most sincere, the most committed and is not part of the “America First” group.

To some extent, Trump is irrelevant. “America first” is the new MAGA. It’s the autocratic move that Trump started but is modeled to fit DeSantis, Scott, and even Ted Cruz, if necessary. If an America First is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2025, dozens of executive orders will be signed, making every federal employee “at will” and reducing the size of government from one-third to one-half while rolling all remaining employees. a loyalty test. Christie is worth watching from this perspective alone. He never fit in with Trump, and he won’t fit in with DeSantis either.

So while many candidates may have had the same – unsaid – message to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Christie is the only one who basically means it to the entirety of New Republicanism, be it “MAGA” or “America First”. .”

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