Christie, in a conversation with CNN's "State of the Union," suggested that Trump's language has given others the impetus to act out their prejudices.
"When you show intolerance towards everyone, which is what he does, you give permission as a leader for others to have their intolerance come out," Christie stated. He further noted that this trend is not exclusive to Trump, but is also evident among university professors on some of the country's most prestigious campuses.
Despite Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, being Jewish and his daughter Ivanka's conversion to Judaism, Christie maintains his stance. Throughout his presidency, Trump, now 77, consistently portrayed himself as a staunch supporter of Israel, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital and facilitating the Abraham Accords. The Trump campaign was contacted by The Post for a response but has yet to comment.
The escalation of antisemitic incidents on college campuses across the U.S. coincides with the recent conflict in Israel, sparked by a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7. Notably, Jewish students at Cooper Union reported being forced to take refuge in the library during pro-Palestinian protests. At George Washington University, the phrase "Free Palestine from the river to the sea" was projected on a campus building, a slogan the Anti-Defamation League considers antisemitic.
Simultaneously, there has been a rise in Islamophobic attacks. Last month, a 6-year-old Palestinian boy in the Chicago area was allegedly murdered in a hate crime by a landlord.
Christie, 61, has consistently presented himself as the only candidate capable of countering Trump's attacks and retaliating with his own in the 2024 GOP race. "You really now in my view have four major contenders for the nomination: Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, me and Nikki Haley," he declared. Notably absent from his list was entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who is generally polling higher than the former governor nationally.
Christie has focused his efforts on New Hampshire, where he is currently in third place behind Trump and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley. Despite his current standing, Christie remains optimistic about his chances, drawing parallels to the late Sen. John McCain's third-place standing in New Hampshire at this point in the 2008 race.
"People are just starting to engage, even in a place like New Hampshire," he told ABC's "This Week." Christie, whose campaign confirms he has qualified for the fourth GOP debate on December 6 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is determined to stay in the GOP race until the end. "I will be in this race through to the convention," he affirmed.