Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Trump had not provided any evidence of fraud, that his legal team was in ruins, and that it was time to put the country first.
“If you have evidence of fraud, present it,” Christie told ABC, where he is a contributor. He condemned the efforts of the president’s lawyers to deceive Republican governors who did not agree with the president’s false allegations of voter abuse.
“Frankly, the behavior of the president’s legal team was a national embarrassment,” he said, citing accusations by Trump’s lawyer Sidney Powell against Georgia’s Gov. Gov. Brian Kemp.
“This is outrageous behavior by any lawyer,” Christie said Sunday, noting that Trump’s lawyers have made wild accusations in public, but have not yet filed them in court, where there are consequences for providing false information.
“They claim to be fraud outside the courtroom, but when they enter the courtroom, they do not plead for fraud and do not argue for fraud,” he said.
“Listen,” Christie concluded, “I was a supporter of the president. I voted for him twice, but the election has consequences and we cannot continue to act as if something happened that did not happen here.”
“If you do not want to go out and present the evidence, it must mean that the evidence does not exist,” he continued. “The country is what should matter most. As strong a Republican as I am and I love my party, it is the country that should come first.”
“We’re starting to look like we’re a banana republic.”
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan also sharply criticized Trump’s efforts on Sunday, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper in The State of the Union that he was “embarrassed that more people in the party are not talking” about what he called “strange.” “moves.
Republican Representative Fred Upton of Michigan also stressed the need for a smooth transition process on Sunday, saying the lack of one creates unnecessary uncertainty in the upcoming administration.
“By not allowing security briefings, health briefings, the normal transition from one president to the next only creates more uncertainty and threatens that peaceful transition that would otherwise certainly undermine the next administration,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash. Domestic policy. ”
“When you slow it down, when you fail to validate the results, when you add all this uncertainty, it just makes it very problematic, and then the next administration starts with the legs hitting the ground,” Upton said.
This story was updated with additional developments on Sunday.