August 22, 2017 News · Press Releases and Announcements

Day 11: Yesterday, Chris Christie Denounced Donald Trump. Ed Gillespie Didn’t.


by Prateek Mishra

Day 11: Yesterday, Chris Christie Denounced Donald Trump. Ed Gillespie Didn’t.

Yesterday, even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — who famously endorsed Donald Trump last year — condemned the President’s response to Charlottesville. At a press conference, Christie told reporters that the President’s “statement is just wrong” and that the “comments about ‘both sides’ were a mistake, and they shouldn’t have been said.”

Meanwhile in Virginia, Ed Gillespie has not denounced Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville for the past eleven days.

And he has had plenty of opportunities to weigh in.

Asked yesterday by The Daily Progress’ Michael Bragg about Trump’s response, Gillespie once again refused to criticize the President for defending white supremacists — and then quickly ran out of the room:

After his remarks, Gillespie was asked about President Donald Trump’s statements nearly a week prior that torch-bearing white nationalist at the University of Virginia on Aug. 11 were “protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” although they chanted “Jews will not replace us” before breaking out in fights with counter-protesters at the Rotunda.

“I speak for myself and I’ve made my views clear and how I would serve as governor of the commonwealth, and I think people see that and appreciate the kind of response that I have put forward,” he said before exiting the hotel lobby.

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