Trump’s potential opponent Chris Christie says GOP challengers are failing the “leadership test”.
That’s because they treat Trump like “Voldemort,” Christie said, and don’t take his name when calling him.
The fictional villain is referred to as “You-Know-Who” and “He Who Must Not Be Named” for fear of revealing his name.
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie says Republicans who want to run against former President Donald Trump in 2024 need to start calling him out by name.
“There are many people who are considering running for president who still behave like Voldemort, like ‘he who shall not be named,'” Christie told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. He was referring to the main antagonist in the “Harry Potter” novels, whose name many characters were afraid to mention.
“They say, ‘Leaders who do this or that.’ But they won’t name names. I think it fails the leadership test,” Christie said.
“You’re going to run against him? Name him. You think he did something wrong? Name him,” Christie said.
This week, he urged the GOP to “stop being afraid” of Trump, amid growing speculation that he would run against Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
Christy has a point. Some of Trump’s most important rivals, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have largely avoided mentioning the former president. For one, DeSantis avoided rebuking Trump when asked last week whether a civil war was brewing between him and Trump. Instead, DeSantis sidestepped the question and told people to “chill out” about their rivalry.
The same cannot be said of Trump in the case of DeSantis. This month Trump — in keeping with his propensity for assigning nicknames to political rivals — dubbed DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonius.” He also attacked the governor of Florida, calling him “average” and accusing him of infidelity.
Meanwhile, Christie told the Washington Examiner that he would decide in five to six months whether he would run for president.
On behalf of Christie, he has taken on Trump on several occasions. Christie, once an ally critical of Trump, accused Trump of withholding a positive coronavirus test result and transmitting the virus.
On the subject of election fraud, Christie in November 2021 urged the former president to “move on” from the 2020 election and “tell the truth”.
In December, the former governor called the Trump team’s actions leading up to the January 6 Capitol riot a “Keystone Cops operation” that was “driven from the top” and “executed by C-team players”.
A representative for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.
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