Chris Christie Pretty Much Has Zero Plans To Meet With Those Involved With #BlackLivesMatter
Though many of his GOP opponents are heavily rallying for African American support (see: Ben Carson’s new rap ad or Donald Trump attempting Drake’s “Hotline Bling” moves), Chris Christie has made it very clear that appealing to black voters isn’t exactly at the top of his agenda.
According to The Hill, the New Jersey governor said Wednesday (Nov. 11) that he has no desire to meet with leaders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement because it promotes the slaying of law enforcement officers. “I want the Black Lives Matter people to understand: Don’t call me for a meeting,” he said, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. “You’re not getting one.”
The Republican presidential candidate, who made the bold declaration at a town hall meeting in Iowa, expounded on the reasons behind his refusal to meet with the group, which included his belief that no other candidates should convene with them either.
“I think all lives matter, but let me tell you this: When a movement like that calls for the murder of police officers, no president of the United States should dignify a group like that by saying anything positive about them, and no candidate for president, like Hillary Clinton, should give them any credibility by meeting with them, as she’s done,” he said.
This isn’t Christie’s first time at odds with the advocacy group. The White House hopeful notoriously slammed the movement last month in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation. “I don’t believe that movement should be justified when they are calling for the murder of police officers,” he said.
When the show’s host attempted to correct Christie on the real purpose of #BlackLivesMatter, the New Jersey governor cut him off to condemn President Obama’s support of the movement and the commander-in-chief’s supposed nonexistent law enforcement advocacy. “The president of the United States is justifying that. But not only that, he hasn’t backed up police officers from the minute he has gotten into office. We can cite instance after instance.”
Though Christie won’t be sitting down with the movement’s activists anytime soon, some of his presidential opponents including Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have already done just that.