Donald Trump has his minions in the palm of his hand. His campaign draws its strength from his persona and will. He has routinely subjected the formerly wide Republican race to his total control. This routine has prevailed ever since the first debate, where all they talked about was Trump, Trump, and more Trump. His airtime on mass media literally dwarfs that of his competitors.
And it paid off. He is now the presumptive Republican nominee with a steadily increasing chance at the presidency come November.
Slowly but surely, Trump has been crushing his opposition. In the case of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he has been slowly coming into the Trump fold. Trump just announced that the governor will head his “transition team” as he looks forward to the general election. Dr. Ben Carson, another former opponent, has already been announced as helping with the vice presidential candidate selection process.
Trump had this to say about the decision:
‘Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November.’
Christie doesn’t represent much of the Republican electorate. He barely ever made it into the top 10 when he was still in the race and there were still 10 candidates. Still, it is a symbolic victory for Trump to subjugate Christie.
Trump has a steadily lengthening history with the Governor under these sorts of circumstances. After Christie suspended his campaign, he endorsed Trump. Just after that, Christie appeared at a rally for Trump. The real estate developer was not exactly congenial to his former opponent. He told him to “Get on the plane and go home” after giving his endorsement to the Tennessee crowd. You can watch a Vine of that incident below.
Even better than that, after Trump’s sweeping wins on Super Tuesday, Christie stood behind him as he spoke at a press conference.
The Governor’s facial expressions at this press conference prompted a joke campaign to “Free Chris Christie,” suggesting that he was being held hostage. Christie seriously reassured the public, via a local press conference, that he was not being held hostage.
You can watch the video of Christie’s facial expressions at the press conference incident below.
Trump continues to keep his eyes on the White House as he assembles his team to take on likely opponent Hillary Clinton in November.
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