Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie blasts ‘horrific’ antisemitism on social media. X, TikTok Republican presidential candidate and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie asserted on Sunday that antisemitism is not on the upswing in the United States, noting that it has always existed.
Christie, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” addressed the controversy surrounding X owner Elon Musk and antisemitism espoused on TikTok and by American college professors since Hamas terrorists launched their October 7 attack against civilians, killing approximately 1,200 people and dragging 240 more into Gaza as hostages.
“I don’t want to argue that what we’re seeing in this nation and in Iran, with the great unmasking of antisemitism, is a surge. “I believe it was there,” Christie told anchor Kristen Welker. “And I think what we’re seeing now, due to what’s happening in Israel at the moment, is that unmasking of that, we’re seeing it all over college campuses.”
“We’re seeing it on social media platforms such as X, TikTok, and others.” And it’s terrifying,” he remarked. “I believe the president of the United States must be much more forceful than he has been in speaking out against antisemitism in this country.” This is an absurd, outrageous form of hatred being conveyed. And we must speak out against it regardless of who does it, whether it is Elon Musk, professors on our college campuses or students they are misleading, or individuals shouting out in an antisemitic manner on our cities’ streets. This is intolerable. And, in this regard, the president has not been tough enough.”
Musk was accused of approving a post on X in which another user appeared to preach the antisemitic cliche that Jews hate White people.
Musk then clarified that he was just addressing left-wing organizations, not Jews in general, and that anyone inciting genocide against any group of people on X would be barred from the platform.
Christie, the first Republican presidential candidate to visit Israel since the war began, urged the Israeli and US administrations to reach an agreement to return hostages.
“I would support a deal that – that was fair and equitable and one that gets these people home now,” Christie stated at the time.
“I absolutely believe Israel is following international law,” Christie added, dismissing charges from the UN human rights chief that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza.
“Unlike many others who have expressed their views on this, I was present and spoke with Israeli leaders, including the president.” I chatted with Israeli Defense Forces personnel. I was only 600 yards away from the Gaza border. I traveled throughout Israel to see what was going on. And they’re doing everything they can to keep civilians safe,” Christie told Welker.
“The problem is that Hamas is forcing these civilians to stay in places where Israel is warning them out of dropping thousands of leaflets, sending hundreds of thousands of text messages to warn people away from areas before they’re attacked,” he went on to say. And, for those asking for a ceasefire, remember that one existed on October 6 and was broken on October 7 by Hamas.”