Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the conspiracy theories that have swirled around Taylor Swift “the kind of thing that Donald Trump brings about.”
Some prominent GOP commentators and other Republicans have speculated that Swift is a kind-of plant, ginned up by Democrats to swing the 2024 presidential election for President Joe Biden. Asked about the theories on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Christie on Sunday called them “outrageous” and “ridiculous.”
“Taylor Swift is one of the great American success stories. We should be celebrating her, not having all these crazy conspiracy theories. But this is the kind of thing that Donald Trump brings about,” the former Republican presidential candidate, who ended his 2024 campaign last month, said.
While conspiracies have long followed the “Anti-Hero” singer, some have also recently accused her of trying to boost the Kansas City Chiefs, who are headed into the Super Bowl with Swift’s boyfriend, Travis Kelce, a tight end.
Others suggest her prior support for Democrats and opposition to Republicans is misguided. She endorsed Biden in the 2020 race for the White House.
But Christie on Sunday didn’t just criticize former President Donald Trump over celebrities. The former governor zeroed in on comments Trump made on Saturday suggesting he wouldn’t automatically come to the aid of NATO nations if they’re attacked by Russia.
Trump during a South Carolina campaign rally on Saturday again called out NATO countries that aren’t contributing enough to the international alliance. He said that during his term in office, he questioned whether the United States would protect such a nation against an attack from Russia.
“One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, ‘Well sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?’ I said, ‘You didn’t pay? You’re delinquent?’ He said, ‘Yes, let’s say that happened.’ No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want.”
Christie on Sunday again called Trump “unfit to be president of the United States.”
“It’s right for a president to say to a NATO member ‘Hey, you’ve got to pay the dues you need to pay.’ I think the American people would expect that of a president. But the problem with Donald Trump is he can’t just stop there,” Christie said.
The former GOP presidential candidate called Trump’s comments “absolutely inappropriate” but “consistent with his love for dictators.” Christie has long criticized Trump for his comments and relationship with leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Contributing: Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY
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