Hillary Clinton Mocks Chris Christie About A Very Serious Issue After His Brutal RNC Speech
After only two days, the Republican National Convention has proven to be more bizarre (and exciting) than I anticipated. Each night has had a theme, with the first night's being "Make America Safe Again" and the second night focused on how to "Make American Work Again." In theory, these themes would set the tone for each of the convention speakers' speeches, but they all seemed to focus on the Democratic opponent instead. Hillary Clinton mocked Chris Christie about a very serious issue after his RNC speech, and, honestly, he kind of deserved it.
A transcript of Christie's RNC speech showed that the New Jersey governor's speech included the word "guilty" 22 times. Yes, all 22 uses of "guilty" were directed at Clinton. Christie essentially used this opportunity to attack Clinton in front of a national audience; when the crowd started cheering, "Lock her up!" Christie stood by with a boyish smirk on his face that proved he was reveling in the glory (and apparent success) of his attacks on Clinton.
"Lets face it: Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she did about protecting America's secrets. Then she lied about it over and over again," Christie said in his speech. And that wasn't even the worst of it. But after he finished laying into Clinton for all the issues he has with her, Clinton responded promptly, calling out Christie for his own unethical behavior.
Christie has received criticism for his alleged involvement in the 2013 George Washington Bridge scandal, in which two of three toll lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey, were deliberately closed during morning rush hour on Sept. 9 as what many called a political move. Some theories argued that Christie deliberately did this to punish Fort Lee's Mayor Mark Sokolich after he refused to endorse Christie for governor in 2013. However, in February 2014, Christie claimed he had no knowledge of the lane closures and, therefore, no hand in the matter. But that was all questioned when an investigation into Christie's political aides resulted in the firing and resignation of some his members who apparently did know about the lane closures, yet Christie maintained he had no clue. There were also emails involved that suggested Christie was aware of the scandal.
All of this is outlined in the New York Times article that Clinton linked in her tweet to Christie following his RNC speech that attacked her for the same lack of ethics that he displayed in this bridge scandal. Just as Christie called to "present the case now, on the facts, against Hillary Clinton" in his RNC speech, so, too, did Clinton open a case against Christie — only her response was a lot funnier and wittier than Christie's "Guilty or not guilty?" speech.