September 12, 2021

Broadcaster Roland Martin blasted former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday for his history of enabling former President Donald Trump's worst behaviors.

During a panel segment on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos reported that Christie had recently argued that it is time for the Republican Party to move away from the claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

"I'm on a course to make sure that my party remains relevant," Christie told Stephanopoulos.

"You're now seeing more and more Republicans saying they're buying into the conspiracy theories," Stephanopoulos noted.

"I think it's moving in the other direction," Christie disagreed. "It's taken hold among some Republicans."

"You say what you believe," he added. "That's what I try to do here every week I'm on and I said what I believed on Thursday night and it's what I'm going to continue to believe."

Martin, who was also on the panel, was not receptive to Christie's message.

"The Republican Party, they made their choice," Martin pointed out. "And I appreciate the speech, Governor. But the reality is this. You have to admit the role that you played in putting the person in leadership who is driving the conspiracy theories."

"It's one thing to condemn them after the fact," he continued. "But you have to own up to the role that you played in putting the person in power."

"I don't have to admit anything to you!" Christie shouted.

"Can I finish?" Martin asked.

"I ran against Donald Trump!" Christie exclaimed.

"You ran against him but when a person has principles, morals and values, they do not support them even if you lose," Martin charged. "And what they say is I choose patriotism and the country over party and power. And the problem was too many Republicans chose power and riding with Donald Trump as opposed to patriotism and America."

"I'll sleep fine tonight with you judging my morals," Christie snapped.

"What I also want to see in America are Republicans and Democrats who have the guts to stand up to narcissists, to folks who lie, to folks who led the country in the wrong direction," Martin said. "And what that man has unleashed on this country, any Republican who stood with him has to own it and accept the role that they played."

"I accept the role that I played in my belief that Hillary Clinton was not the right person to be president," Christie remarked. "We all get to make choices, Roland, in this democracy. And I made my choice. I'm on record with my choice and I'm not walking away from my choice. But it does not preclude me from being able to be critical when the person that I did support does things that I am against."

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