Christie Blames Trump For Rise In Antisemitism

Chris Christie, a Republican running for president in 2024 and a former Governor of New Jersey, seemed to rationalize antisemitism by saying it was a natural response to former President Donald Trump’s mean tweets and policies.

Christie, a 2024 weak-polling Republican presidential contender, declared on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the former President’s hateful language and behavior allowed others to do the same when Dana Bash asked him about the rise of anti-Semitism in the US.

Christie claimed that when you exhibit intolerance against everyone, as he does, you provide license as an example for others to display hate. Any intolerance breeds all intolerance. That’s been happening for a while, not just with Donald Trump but with university academics at some of our most prominent universities, and university administrators have been unable to fight antisemitism.

Antisemitism has been on the rise in the United States for almost a decade, according to Breitbart writer Joel Pollak. This trend began in the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency, which happened to be a time when Black Lives Matter was on the rise and when violent radical extremists from the “left and right” made their debut.

According to Pollak, Trump was among the most pro-Israel presidents in U.S. history, and he signed an executive order protecting Jewish students on university campuses and took other extraordinary measures to combat antisemitism.

In December 2019, President Trump extended the protections of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to Jews. This directive specifically targets Jewish students on college campuses.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws racial, ethnic, or national origin-based discrimination in federally-funded programs. Although Jews identify primarily as a religious community, they also see themselves as a distinct ethnic or cultural group.

Despite Christie’s eagerness to link the present outbreak of antisemitism to the previous president, Pollock said that it is motivated by extreme left-wing anti-Israel sentiment in response to the October 7 terror incident by Hamas and had zero to do with Trump.