Over the weekend, New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie forcefully—and shamefully—declared that the Black Lives Matter movement encourages the killing of police officers, joining the likes of Fox News in smearing the activists and organizations involved.
Appearing on CBS’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Christie was responding to host John Dickerson, who asked whether or not he agreed with FBI Director James B. Comey’s suggestion that increased calls for police accountability have made police officers less aggressive in doing their job of curbing crime. Comey made the comments during a speech last Friday at the University of Chicago Law School.
Christie started out by saying there is no problem with police not doing their jobs in his state, because he tells them to perform without exception and that he backs them. He then pivoted to what he calls President Obama’s encouragement of “lawlessness” in the U.S.
not supporting police and acknowledging the Black Lives Matter movement.
“He does not support the police, he doesn’t back up the police; he justifies Black Lives Matter … I don’t believe that that movement should be justified when they’re calling for the murder of police officers,” Christie said.
Yes, he said “murder.” Read on.