February 24, 2024
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said in a CNN interview that former president Donald Trump “showed intolerance towards everyone” and “gave permission” for antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of intolerance.

“When you show intolerance towards everyone, which is what he does, you give permission as a leader for others to have their intolerance come out,” said Christie. “Intolerance towards anyone encourages intolerance towards everyone.”

Christie added that Trump isn’t the only one enabling intolerance, pointing to rising antisemitism on college campuses, including “professors on some our most elite campuses in this country” and “university administrators and presidents who have been unwilling to stand up against antisemitism.”

Christie called on governors of states where antisemitism is rising to send state police to secure campuses to help make Jewish students who are being attacked feel safe.

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire, U.S., November 11, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER)