Trump Making Republicans 'Losers' by Focusing on 2020: Chris Christie

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, knocked former President Donald Trump's constant focus on the 2020 election—suggesting it's making Republicans "losers" on Sunday.

Trump and many of his GOP allies continue to claim that President Joe Biden won the last presidential election due to widespread voter fraud or rigging of the results. These extraordinary allegations are not substantiated by evidence, and audits of the 2020 election results have consistently reaffirmed Biden's victory.

Christie supported Trump in the 2016 and the 2020 presidential election, even helping him prepare for a debate against Biden. However, the former GOP governor has repeatedly rejected Trump's false claims about widespread voter fraud. He has become critical of the former president for continuing to spread lies about the 2020 election as well as for helping to incite the attack against the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

"Politicians, no matter who you are, Donald Trump or anybody else, who looks backwards are losers. The politicians who put forward a plan for the future and look forward are the ones who have a chance to win," Christie told ABC News This Week.

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Former Governor Chris Christie (R-New Jersey) said that Trump and politicians that look backwards are "losers" during Sunday remarks on ABC News. Above, Christie appears at a town hall on November 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for SiriusXM

"And so Republicans have to decide, what do we want to be, losers or winners?" the former New Jersey governor asked.

Christie later said that Trump "has shown that what he cares about the most is himself and vindication for what he believes happened to him in 2020. He's wrong about that."

The GOP politician, who has floated the idea of 2024 presidential run, added that when Trump's "calling Mitch McConnell names and doing all this stuff that he's been doing, look, it's not helpful for the Republican Party."

Trump has repeatedly attacked McConnell over the past year after the top Senate Republican condemned him for inciting his supporters to attack the federal legislative branch of government just over 13 months ago. The former president has dubbed the Kentucky Republican an "Old Crow" and repeatedly attacked him over a wide-range of political issues.

Despite Trump's and his allies claims about Biden's win in 2020, no evidence has emerged corroborating the allegations. To the contrary, dozens of election challenge lawsuits filed by Trump and his supporters failed in state and federal courts. Even judges Trump and other Republicans appointed ruled against the legal challenges.

Audits and recounts across the country—including in areas where pro-Trump Republicans oversaw the election—have consistently reaffirmed Biden's victory. GOP officials in various parts of the country have pushed back against and rejected allegations of fraud or hacking. Even many top Trump administration officials—and former allies like Christie—rejected the claims.

Regardless, the misinformation about the 2020 election appears to have resonated with many Republicans. Polls have repeatedly shown that a majority of GOP voters believe that Trump's loss was due to widespread fraud and that Biden was not legitimately elected.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's press office for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.