Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who is leading the presidential transition team for Donald Trump, led a charge in defense of the Republican nominee on ABC’s “This Week” today. Speaking on the Sunday show, Christie spoke to Trump’s appeal to black Americans.
"The message is that if anybody lives in those circumstances in this country, that’s something that the government should be working to try to change," Christie said. "And Donald Trump is not going to give in to the special interests in this country, like the teachers’ union."
When journalist Martha Raddatz charged that many black American voters found Trump’s suggestions offensive, Christie shot back:
"When you have any folks in our population who live under the threat of violence, who live under the threat of crime, who don’t have the opportunity that others have because the schools in our urban areas are a dreaded failure, because of the positions that Hillary Clinton has taken and the people who support her, that I think any candidate should speak out to say that that type of thing is unacceptable."
It was in the wake of riots in Milwaukee that Trump appealed to black voters, saying “What do you have to lose?” by voting for him. He described what he regards as the failure of decades of failed policies that have brought misery and crime to black American’s neighborhoods.
Christie asserted, "And I think what Donald is saying is that it’s unacceptable to him that members of the African-American community — and I’m sure he will say this about other communities as well — who live in violence, who are subject to that, or who do not have the educational opportunities that every child in this country should have so they can reach their fullest potential, that that’s unacceptable." To commemorate the famous March on Washington in 1963 where the featured speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Trump tweeted: “We honor the enduring fight for justice, equality and opportunity.”
Today is the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington - today we honor the enduring fight for justice, equality and opportunity.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2016
Earlier, Trump tweeted about the shooting death of a young mother in Chicago who had been taking her baby down the street in a stroller. He proclaimed that black Americans will vote for him.
Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
He also tweeted condolences to the family of Nykea Aldridge: the young woman who was shot. Christie said that black Americans will vote for Trump, in the wake of the slaying of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin. “If people want safer streets, they want police supported, then they should vote for Donald Trump, because that’s what he’ll do." Christie predicted that Trump will “appoint an attorney general who will send very clear messages about how law enforcement is to be pursued in this country."
There are rumors that Christie wants to serve as Attorney General in a Trump cabinet.
Two brothers, Derren (22) and Darwin (26) Sorrels have been identified as the killers. They are under arrest.