Fiery Christie: Tim Kaine ‘Owes Trump an Apology’ For ‘Inciting Violence’ Comments
New Jersey Governor Chris J. Christie slammed Virginia Sen. Timothy Kaine for comments he made accusing Donald Trump of inciting violence at his campaign rallies, on Fox News Sunday.
Kaine took issue with Trump’s past comments about “Second Amendment people” ‘doing’ something about Hillary Clinton’s plan to institute gun controls by executive order, as well as his telling a Florida crowd that Clinton should disavow her armed security because they represent an implied hypocrisy on the issue.
“When you look at a series of these comments that he’s making, I do believe it is an incitement, or at a minimum, an expression of indifference to whether violence would occur,” the Virginia senator told “Fox News Sunday.” “This is a pattern that has been repeated over and over again.”
Kaine pointed specifically to Trump talking several weeks ago at a rally about how to possibly stop Clinton from picking her favored Supreme Court justices, if she gets elected.
“Nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people -- maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Trump critics said he was suggesting gun-rights advocates take up arms. Trump said he was suggesting such advocates vote as a bloc.
Christie, head of Trump’s presidential transition team, called Kaine’s comments “outrageous”.
“He owes Donald Trump an apology. Hillary Clinton wants to have one set of rules for herself and one for other people. That just shows how desperate and scared the Clinton-Kaine campaign is,” Christie told Chris Wallace.
Regarding the ‘Obama birther’ controversy, Christie said Trump made his opinion “very clear”—that he believes Obama was born in the United States.
“People who think [that issue will sway independent voters] are completely out of touch with the problems of the jobs and the economy… and terrorist threats.
Christie also gave an update on the detonation of an improvised explosive device along the route of a charity race in Ocean County, N.J.