Nicolle Wallace Expertly Corners Chris Christie on His Failure to Take on Fox in Book About 'Conspiracy and Lies'
The Republican former Governor of New Jersey and ex-Trump ally—Chris Christie—is on a self-imposed quest to drive the Republican party away from the conspiracy theories and lies that have come to define it.
A key part of this is denouncing the conspiracy theories promoted by former President Donald Trump.
Christie recently said in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition:
"We need to face the realities of the 2020 election and learn, not hide, from them. We need to discredit the extremists in our midst the way we've done it before. ... We need to renounce conspiracy theorists and the truth deniers; the ones who know better and the ones who are just plain nuts. We need to give our supporters facts that will help them put all those fantasies to rest, so everyone could focus with clear minds on the issues that really matter."
The speech earned Trump's ire and revived attention to Christie's book, Republican Rescue.
While hawking the book on MSNBC this past week, Christie sparred with host and prominent former Republican Nicolle Wallace, who pressed him on why he didn't "take on Fox News" in a book dedicated to wrenching the party from the grasp of delusion.
Wallace: The book is about conspiracy and lies and you really don't take on Fox News, why not? Have you seen The Tucker Carlson show?
Christie: No I don't watch it
Wallace: Are you aware of what he does?
Christie: Not really pic.twitter.com/HmQ8174cpe
— Acyn (@Acyn) November 16, 2021
Wallace emphasized the antics of far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who routinely spews conspiracy theories on everything from secretly defective vaccines to the "Great Replacement."
After Christie claimed not to know much about Carlson's widely-known disinformation, Wallace continued:
"It's a book with 'truth-deniers, conspiracy theorists' on the cover and you attack CNN and the New York Times and MSNBC and not Fox?"
Christie claimed that he only pointed out the biases of entities like CNN and the New York Times when Wallace concluded:
"I don't think it's an intellectually honest case to make against conspiracy theories without taking on Fox News."
People largely took Wallace's side at Christie's expense.
This is how you interview people who are trying to gaslight us. Great stuff from @NicolleDWallace. https://t.co/gxKff53MdE
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 17, 2021
Whatever “equal time" was supposed to accomplish, it NEVER meant giving equal air time to truth and to lies. It means you broadcast the truth and attack, expose & debunk the lies. Thank you @NicolleDWallace @DeadlineWH for journalism done right. https://t.co/CnKhgGHUe4
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) November 17, 2021
Nicole Wallace brilliantly exposed Chris Christie as the blowhard hypocrite others have feared to touch. He deserved every bit of what she did to him. Great journalistic courage, Nicole! https://t.co/YcYNRQxGNg
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 17, 2021
Oh hell yeah! Go @NicolleDWallace!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/NGGuT6GHbd
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) November 16, 2021
If you have to interview the bridge gate guy this is the way to do it. https://t.co/QIF4JFkljJ
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 17, 2021
Brutal takedown today by Nicolle Wallace 🔥 https://t.co/2OzX5RUwfi
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) November 17, 2021
And it wasn't long before internet sleuths dug up a 2017 tweet from Christie announcing he'd be on the Tucker Carlson Show—despite his 2021 claim of knowing very little about the far-right disinformation peddler.
Weird, I thought you didn't watch his show, Governor? https://t.co/gBqjOB5DgB
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) November 17, 2021
Huh. You told @NicolleDWallace you don't know about Tucker or his show. It's almost like you lied, just before deflecting real questions about your book. https://t.co/IDIAWqy41d
— Tyler Durden (@kevinlh1975) November 18, 2021
That's odd - you told Nicolle Wallace yesterday you didn't watch his show and knew nothing about it. 🤬 https://t.co/ijTcmTrcFM
— Linda Camara (@LcamaraLinda) November 17, 2021