Trump highlights comments from Chris Christie on ballot removal controversy

 December 27, 2023

Donald Trump highlighted comments from his rival Chris Christie amidst the controversy over a court's decision to remove Trump from the ballot.

Christie unexpectedly defended Trump after the Colorado Supreme Court narrowly ruled that Trump is disqualified for being an "insurrectionist."

Trump praises Christie?

Christie has failed to gain traction in the primary, owing largely to his vehement criticism of Trump - who has fired back by mocking Christie's weight.

Despite calling Trump unfit and a "dictator," Christie said voters - not courts - should decide Trump's fate.

Trump shared a post on Truth Social highlighting Christie's comments.

“I do not believe Donald Trump should be prevented from being president of the United States by any court. He should be prevented from being president by the voters of this country. I don’t believe it is good for our country if he is precluded from the ballot by a court," Christie said.

"I know it will be counterintuitive for a lot of people who listen to me about Donald Trump, but I hope this goes to prove that I don’t hate him."

Vivek Ramaswamy went further than Christie, pledging to withdraw from the ballot in Colorado in protest.

Ruling shakes up primary

The Colorado Supreme Court's ruling has had the effect of unifying Trump's own primary rivals behind him, only days before the Iowa caucuses on January 15th.

"Look, it’s unfair. They’re abusing power, 100%,” Florida governor Ron DeSantis said.

The dynamic reflects the difficulty facing Trump's primary challengers, who have been consistently overshadowed by Trump and his dramatic battle with a weaponized justice system.

It's not hard to see why Trump remains a potent force when even Christie is forced to concede that Trump is being treated unfairly by the system.

When the political climate is this ruthless, it's not surprising that Republican primary voters are rejecting appeals to ditch Trump and return to business as usual.

Trump maintains lead

Trump has dominated the primary despite skipping all of the debates.

None of the attacks from Christie, Ron DeSantis, or Nikki Haley have put a dent in Trump's lead, and he is widely expected to be the GOP's nominee for president in 2024.

The Supreme Court in Michigan, a major swing state, ruled Wednesday that Trump can stay on the ballot, dealing a major blow to the left's peculiar campaign to "save democracy" by limiting voting options.

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