(CNN)Before he bowed and scraped to Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, Chris Christie had built a national reputation as a straight shooter.
Now the former New Jersey governor is trying to reinvent himself as what he used to be — someone who tells the truth even when it’s uncomfortable for his side.
Witness what he told conservative radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt about the January 6, 2021, attack at the US Capitol:
“January 6 was a riot that was incited by Donald Trump in an effort to intimidate Mike Pence and the Congress into doing exactly what he said in his own words last week: overturn the election. He wanted the election to be overturned.”
Based on everything we know about Trump’s actions that day (and in the days leading up to it), Christie is accurately describing Trump’s motives and goals.
There’s no real debate — especially from Trump — that he believed then-Vice President Mike Pence could (and should) have rejected electors from several states.
“I was right and everyone knows it,” Trump said in a recent statement from his Save America PAC. “If there is fraud or large scale irregularities
Analysis: Chris Christie said what a lot of Republicans are thinking about January 6
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