Fox News host Sean Hannity demolished GOP presidential contender Chris Christie during an interview on the network’s “Fox & Friends” morning show on Tuesday.
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After he discounted the notion that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign was already over and that former President Donald Trump “is absorbing” the vast majority of media coverage, he moved on to Christie.
“Chris Christie has now become the media darling of the hard left, he’s [ABC host] George Stephanopoulos’ co-host, he’s Morning liberal Joe’s co-host, he’s over at fake news CNN every minute he can of every day, and he’s only running on one issue, and that is, ‘I hate Donald Trump, Donald Trump is horrible.'”
Hannity added: “He’s not a serious candidate to me, to me he’s…on that stage…you know, let’s just assume for a second that Donald Trump doesn’t show up” for the first GOP presidential debate, which will be hosted next month by Fox News.
“That would be an opportunity for Gov. Desantis and Nikki Haley and Tim Scott and Larry Elder, our friend, and a guy by the name of Vivek Ramaswamy who’s come out of nowhere to really shine and they should be looking at it from the perspective in my view,” Hannity added.
Fox News co-host Kayleigh McEnany isn’t shy about letting people know how she feels about political issues, and she let Christie have it with both rhetorical barrels last week as well.
She said his defense of FBI director Christopher Wray, whom Trump appointed, will not go over with Trump’s voters in the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
Earlier on Fox News, Christie, a former New Jersey governor and federal prosecutor, said in reference to Wray’s testimony before a House committee earlier in the day: “I did recommend him to President Trump, and I’m proud that I did.
“Those things they’re talking about today, and the director made this point over and over again, are all things from when Jim Comey, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch were in charge of the Justice Department — before he got put in charge,” Christie said. “He fired the entire Comey leadership team out of the FBI, they’re all gone.”
“Is it all fixed? Of course, it’s not all fixed. Jim Comey and Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch drastically harmed the Department of Justice and the FBI. And Chris Wray has now spent years fixing that,” Christie said. “What you saw today was an animated and combative FBI director who is defending the men and women who work for him… and do a great job…”
He added: “So yeah, I think Chris Wray has done a very good job and I think a lot of the stuff you see today is theater, people trying to raise money for campaigns.”
McEnany doesn’t think that stance will win him many GOP voters.
“Best of luck to Chris Christie with that message in a GOP primary, which has tremendous distrust for the FBI,” she said.
After noting that Wray has made some positive changes and done some good things at the bureau, she also said much of what is wrong today he hasn’t addressed.
“There’s a lot of questions for him — this ‘radical traditionalist Catholic’ memo which he rescinded, he said he was ‘aghast’ by it. But yet he won’t allow the authors of that before Congress,” she added.
“None of this instills confidence in the American people, many of whom have distrust for the FBI.”