January 6

Chris Christie: ‘Everything’ Trump has said since election night incited the Capitol riot

In an interview with CNN, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that former President Donald Trump is to blame for the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

CNN’s Dana Bash shared an excerpt from her upcoming interview with Christie where she asked him, if Trump “was responsible” for the riot.

Christie said that Trump’s responsibility wasn’t limited to his speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally before the riot took place, it included “everything he was saying from Election Night forward incited people to that level of anger.”

Bash: “I mean, that makes it worse. That’s worse than one speech.”

Christie: “That’s my point. My point is that I think people minimize what happened on the 6th by pointing to the speech that he gave on the Ellipse on the 6th.”

Bash: “Sounds to me like you’re saying he was responsible for it.”

Christie: “What I am saying is that you can never be wholly responsible for the conduct of other people, and each one of those individual people are responsible for what they did.”

Bash: “Would they have not done that if they had not heard from their candidate — the president — that it was rigged?”

Christie: “I don’t think they would’ve gone there had they thought the election had been fair.”

Rumors are swirling that Christie is gearing up for a 2024 run. His CNN interview comes as he’s about to release his new book, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.”

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