Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said it is time to move on and accept the results of the 2020 presidential election when allegations of election fraud cannot be proven.
Christie said in an appearance on ABC News’ This Week said he has been friends with President Donald Trump for 20 years, but if his allegations of election fraud cannot be proven, it is time to move on and accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Friendship does not mean being blind,” Christie said. “Friendship means listening to someone to give them a chance, and if they don’t prove it, then it’s time to move on.
Christie continued, “If your basis for not admitting that there was election fraud, then show us,” Christie said. “Show us, because if you cannot show us, we cannot do that. We cannot support you blindly and without evidence.
Although the total number of votes is not yet official and Trump has not yet yielded, the Associated Press called for the election of Joe Biden on Saturday because he narrowly won in Pennsylvania. With the state’s 20 voters, Biden exceeded the 270 votes needed to secure the White House.
Trump hinted on Saturday that he would not cede the election to Biden and, according to the AP, threatened “unspecified legal action.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, also said on Sunday that it was too early for President Donald Trump to allow the election.
Trump and his campaign have repeatedly made unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in several of the states he lost.
The Republican National Committee announced on Friday that it had deployed “Legal Challenge Teams” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the New York Times reports.
Both the Trump campaign and the Republican Party also filed lawsuits to try to stop the counting of ballots. However, the lawsuits did not gain traction in court, as many of the lawsuits did not appear to contain any solid evidence of wrongdoing.
An official of the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) told CNN on Saturday that there was “no evidence” of electoral fraud in the country.
“Very few substantiated complaints, let me put it this way,” said Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic and FEC commissioner. “There is no evidence of any kind of election fraud. There is no evidence of illegal voting,” said Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic and FEC representative.