Chris Christie Whips GOP Convention Into Anti-Clinton Frenzy of Shouts: 'Guilty! Lock Her Up!'
In a tough indictment of Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and the state s former U.S. Attorney, addressed the Republican National Convention with warrior-like rhetoric Tuesday night.
While he said his longtime friend Donald Trump is “caring, generous and decent,” he tore Clinton apart.
“I hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her performance and her character,” Christie began his attacks, repudiating the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee on her performance as Secretary of State under President Obama.
Christie ticked through several “facts” of his case against Clinton, reciting them like a prosecutor would read an indictment to a jury and punctuating each charge with a call to the crowd: “What’s your verdict? Guilty or not guilty?!”
The raucous audience shouted every time “Guilty!” and several times broke into hearty chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
Among the charges Christie presented:
In North Africa, where Clinton was America’s chief diplomat, Christie blasted Clinton as “chief engineer of disaster” in the overthrow of Muammar Khaddafi, former Prime Minister of Libya.
“She created a nest for ISIS,” charged Christie. “Guilty or not guilty?”
In Nigeria and China, he blamed Clinton for America’s problems, again asking the audience to answer his chant, “Guilty or not guilty?”
In Syria, Christie said Clinton called President al-Assad a reformer and blamed her for 400,000 deaths at “the hands of a man Hillary defended.” And in Iran, he called Clinton a “cheerleader for the worst nuclear deal in history making the Middle East even more dangerous.”
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Giving his assessment of Clinton’s work in Russia, Christie made veiled reference to her email controversy. “She went to the Kremlin and gave them a symbolic reset button,” he yelled, then added:
“It should have said ‘delete’ because she is good at that.”
Christie also told delegates that Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than America’s secrets. “Then she lied about it,” he said. “She put herself ahead of America.”
Clinton responded on Twitter with her take on the old pot-kettle adage: “If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you.”
Following his melody of chants, Christie, who was on Trump s short list of vice presidential candidates before Indiana Governor Mike Pence was chosen, applauded his friend, telling delegates what they will get in a Trump presidency.
“Donald Trump is a man unafraid, a person who wants to lead us and who understands the frustrations and aspirations of the American people,” says Christie.
“He rewards people based on their performance.”