Donald Trump is technically the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination of 2024, but that certainly isn’t the whole story as Trump is also facing a litany of litigious challenges and political peril from New York to Georgia to The Beltway.
This isn’t unusual for Trump, whose life has been rife with high profile and high powered opposition, but the unique circumstances of his political clout have now imbued a uniquely touchy circumstance to it all. Trump is the guy just so long as he doesn’t get busted by the man.
The modern era of American history presents no colloquial parallels to the oddness of the early 21st century, and there are plenty of conservatives who are uncomfortable with the weird vibes of it all. And, subsequently, some of those are jumping ship and distancing themselves from Donald Trump, who they could very easily choose to blame for the transformation.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) said he “just can’t” support former President Trump for the presidency again even if Trump wins the Republican nomination.
Christie told Axios that he could not see himself voting for President Biden in 2024 either, saying that Biden and Trump are both “too old” and “out of touch with what’s going on in the world right now.”
Christie was formerly an ally of Trump and helped him prepare for his debates with Biden during the 2020 presidential election. But Christie has distanced himself from the former president since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, criticizing his role in the day’s events and his leadership broadly since then.
“I can’t help him. No way,” Christie said, when asked if he would back his former ally in 2024.
Look, I just can’t. When you have the Jan. 6 choir at a rally and you show video of it — I just don’t think that person is appropriate for the presidency,” he continued, referring to a rally Trump held in Waco, Texas, on Saturday in which he had a song played that jailed Jan. 6 rioters created.
Donald Trump may very well be the 2024 nominee that the Republican Party sends out into the electoral fray, but he certainly has a number of hurdles to clear before such a time. Chris Christie’s dropped allegiance surely wasn’t part of the gameplan.