Chris Christie disagrees with Donald Trump’s comments and/or policies regarding the Muslim ban, Mexican border wall, and Charlottesville. Christie is willing to brag about losing to Trump just to be able to boast about having run against Trump because of many of the issues above. As if those two things aren’t odd enough, there’s more. Despite the above, Chris Christie won’t go as far as saying Donald Trump is a bigot:
‘. . .I don’t think you have nearly enough information to make that charge. I just don’t think you do. I think I do from knowing him for 15 years. I don’t think there is a bigoted bone in Donald Trump’s body.’
That’s white privilege. The ability to contend that someone isn’t a certain way, especially when that way involves talks of racism and other “isms,” simply because you’ve known the person for “15 years” is truly the crux of the racist good ol’ boy American network that has been allowed to flourish for hundreds of years because of people like Chris Christie.
In that same vein, the opportunity to be frenemies on the level of people like Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan et al, is definitely a subset of toxic white masculinity and white privilege. Time and time again, the world has watched as members of the GOP, especially, openly and harshly attack one another, just to repeatedly choose their party over the people they’re supposed to represent.
It was with all of this and his perfect little privilege in mind that flip-flopper supreme, and the consummate player of whatever side benefits him at a given time, Chris Christie appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and threw his sometimes friend, sometimes enemy Ted Cruz (R-TX) under a giant Texas-sized bus, just has many Texans are literally fighting for their lives.
While discussing the horrific scenes playing out in areas slammed by Harvey’s destruction, hosts Joe and Mika questioned Christie about comments he made about Cruz’s vote against aid for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Christie excitingly said:
‘He talked about playing politics, that’s what he did — with people’s lives in 2012 and 2013. He was playing politics to make himself look like the most conservative guy in town. He should just stand up now and say, “You know what, I was wrong. I was wrong in 2012, it was the wrong thing to do and now I hope that the people of New Jersey and New York are willing to let bygones be bygones and vote for relief for Texas.’
Unfortunately, a sad, but very real fact about privilege is that it’s blinding. So blinding that Chris Christie can clearly feel really good about calling out someone else’s lies without ever having atoned for his own.
Watch Christie play the familiar role of hypocrite below:
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