Chris Christie rips Ron DeSantis’ ‘ridiculous’ Jan. 6 take
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Christie DeSantis
'Did he have a TV? Was he alive that day?'

Ron DeSantis is taking fire from a 2024 rival for a non-answer to a question about the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

During a CNN interview, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pilloried a response DeSantis delivered during a New Hampshire town hall earlier in the week. A high school student at the town hall asked DeSantis whether Trump “violated the peaceful transfer of power” with his actions.

“So I wasn’t anywhere near Washington that day. I have nothing to do with what happened that day,” DeSantis responded, refusing to directly engage the question. “Obviously, I didn’t enjoy seeing, you know, what would happen, but we’ve got to go forward on this stuff.”

For Christie, that answer was insufficient.

“He wasn’t anywhere near Washington. Did he have a TV? Was he alive that day? Did he see what was going on? I mean, that’s one of the most ridiculous answers I’ve heard in this race so far. You don’t have an opinion about Jan. 6 except to say I didn’t particularly enjoy what happened?” Christie told Kaitlan Collins.

“We had people trying to hunt down the Vice President of the United States, chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ and Donald Trump the entire time sat outside the Oval Office, that little dining room of his, eating a well-done cheeseburger and watching TV and doing nothing to stop what was going on until it got to the point where even he could no longer stand it. … And Ron DeSantis doesn’t have any opinion on that?”

The Governor has taken the Jan. 6 riot less than seriously in most comments he made about the event, a striking position given that Florida has passed its own anti-riot legislation.

Responding to an interview question in May on “Clay and Buck,” the Florida Governor opened the door to clemency actions on “Day 1” surrounding the attempt to halt the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election.

“Some of these cases, some people may have a technical violation of the law. But if there are three other people who did the same thing, but just in a context like Black Lives Matter, and they don’t get prosecuted at all, that is uneven application of justice,” DeSantis said. “And so we’re going to find ways where that did not happen and then we will use the pardon power and I will do that at the front end.”

Back in February, DeSantis likened protests at the Florida Capitol to the insurrection.

“It’s interesting that if they’re doing that from the Left, then the media says that’s ‘democracy in action.’ They don’t say it’s an insurrection if you take over a Capitol because of that, but I think that’s what it’s getting to.”

The Governor had commented on Jan. 6 previously, including last spring, when he said concern about the riots that delayed congressional certification of the 2020 Presidential Election was a “dead horse” and a “loser” with voters.

On the anniversary of the incident, he offered similar dismissals of the focus of media and Democrats, diminishing the insurrection.

“This is their Christmas,” he said of the media and Democrats at a January 2022 news conference. He expanded on that take in a subsequent fundraising email, contending that “Jan. 6th is like Christmas for the out-of-touch D.C., New York political and media class.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    June 29, 2023 at 8:52 am

    Rhonda is in full denial mode about Trump’s lame attempt at having his VP, Mike Pence, murdered by the voters Rhonda is trying to court. Why? Because Rhonda wants to be VP. Obviously. That is why Rhonda, #2, does not go after #1 whatsoever. Rhonda’s campaign is all about being #2, which seems appropriate given how Rhonda is definitely a super stinky #2.

    Look at me, I’m Rhonda Dee
    Lousy with virginity
    Won’t go to bed till I’m legally wed
    I can’t, I’m Rhonda Dee
    I want to be Trump’s VP
    Auntie Tranny Rhonda Dee

  • A high school student

    June 29, 2023 at 8:55 am

    According to Ron DeSantis own words, I, a mere high school student, know far more than he about the events that took place in the nation’s Capital on January 6th, 2021.

    This is the very same Capital where Ron wants to be in charge. Seems like he would know more about what goes there.

    That said, I will take Ron at his word: He… knows… nothing!

  • BLM riotors

    June 29, 2023 at 9:01 am

    While this The Guardian article is more than a month old, “US cities to pay record $80m to people injured in 2020 racial justice protests”

    $80 million paid, so far, to victims of police abuse during BLM protests.

    What have the MAGAs received in compensation for police actions against them on 1/6/2021?

    Well, I can tell you, what the MAGAs got, it is measured in years, not in millions of dollars.

    This guy, Ron DeSantis, is he really stupid enough to think the public is stupid enough to believe his lines of complete bullshit?

    He wants to pass as “Trump but smart,” yet he keeps pushing stupidity beyond all limits.

  • Earl Pitts American

    June 29, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Good morning America,
    “Fats” Christy is the poster child of a Dook 4 Brains RINO. No conservatives take anything “Fats” says seriously.
    “Fats” only usefulness is to try and sway the thinking in 3 groups of voters:
    1. The Dook 4 Brains RINO’s.
    2. The Dook 4 Brains Independents, NPA’s, and the Dook 4 Brains 3rd Party voters.
    3. And to a lesser extent to give the Dook 4 Brains Leftists some validation to their persumptions that all conservatives are full of Dook like “Fats”Christy.
    The media should make “Fats” Christy dress like a clown each time they trot his fat @55 out in front of the cameras.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Ocean Joe

      June 29, 2023 at 10:54 am

      Jan 6 was a turning point in American history.
      Donald Trump rejected the will of the people and spawned an attempted coup.
      Trump’s minions launched all kinds of legislation meant to fix elections that were valid, didnt need fixing, and with the help of Fox convinced much of your party to “stop the steal.”
      Now your man Desantis seems almost ready, like you, to accept the fact Trump was defeated both by popular vote and by the electoral college votes he tried to prevent from being certified.
      There is no excuse for what happened on Jan 6, and Trump belongs in prison along with the ring leaders. Only then can the GOP regain its’ position as a legitimate political party, and to your desires, only then can a guy like Desantis have a shot at the nomination.
      But OK, keep racing toward the cliff.

    • JR

      June 29, 2023 at 10:56 am

      What a thoughtful, highly-educated contribution to this discussion. Clown.

      • PeterH

        June 29, 2023 at 12:26 pm

        The truth hurts! Trump has ruined America.

  • Ron DeSantis wears High Heels

    June 29, 2023 at 11:40 am

    You can’t spell MoRon without Ron.

  • PeterH

    June 29, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Actually Ron DeSantis was sitting in his office watching and salivating at the thought: “that if I can be as miserable as our current SOB president…… I too can run for president!”

    ……..and here we are!

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • Joe

    June 29, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    Lil Ronnie is a coward and a liar.

  • Ron Doesn't Watch Much TV

    June 30, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Ron says he doesn’t watch much TV. All his anti-trans, anti-gay, anti-everybody stuff, he invented all of that himself. He did not see that on NewsMax or whatever. Lols @ stupid Rhonda.

  • My Take

    July 2, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Christie is going to be fun to behold!
    Kicking both Trump and DeSantis to the curb.

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