Governor Chris Christie on Black Lives Matter Movement: “I don’t believe that that movement should be justified when they are calling for the murdering of police officers.”
If you live in Jersey, then come get Governor Christie! He came for President Obama on Sunday during an interview on CBS’ Face To Face with John Dickerson.
The presidential candidate accused President Obama for encouraging lawlessness and for essentially putting cops in danger. Christie believes so passionately that the Black Lives Matter movement is all about waging a war on cops.
The Huffington Post posted a transcript of the exchange:
CHRISTIE: … There is lawlessness in this country. The president encourages this lawlessness. He encourages it.
DICKERSON: Encourages it how?
CHRISTIE: By his own rhetoric. He does not support the police. He doesn’t back up the police. He justifies Black Lives Matter. I mean.
DICKERSON: Black Lives Matter shouldn’t be justified at all?
CHRISTIE: Listen, I don’t believe that that movement should be justified when they are calling for the murdering of police officers. No.
DICKERSON: But they aren’t calling for the murdering of police officers.
CHRISTIE: Sure they are. Sure they are. They’ve been chanting in the streets for the murdering of police officers.
DICKERSON: Well, individuals have. But the Black Lives Matter movement is about —
CHRISTIE: Listen, John, that’s what the movement is creating. And the president of the United States is justifying that. But not only that, he hasn’t backed up police officers from the minute he has gotten into office. We can cite instance after instance.
Christie’s interview comes only days after President Obama had just explained the purpose of the BLM movement.
In a discussion on criminal justice reform at the White house last week, he said, “I think the reason that the organizers use the phrase ‘black lives matter’ was not because they were suggesting that no one else’s lives matter. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that isn’t happening in other communities.” Obama went on to explain that the African American community isn’t just making up reasons to start the movement. “It’s not just something being politicized. This is real,” he said.
I’ll just keep sipping on this tea, because according to the Huff Post, “So far, 2015 is on pace to see 35 felonious killings of police officers. If that pace holds, this year would end with the second lowest number of murdered cops in decades.” Could Christie be another case of “big rich white guy who doesn’t know what he’s talking about”? Probably…
Source Cited: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chris-christie-black-lives-matter_562cf159e4b0443bb5643b87
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