Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Trump had shown no evidence of fraud, his legal team was in tatters and it was time to put the country first.
“If you have evidence of fraud, present it,” Christie told ABC, where he contributes. He opposed the efforts of the president’s lawyers to smear Republican governors who disregarded the president’s false claims of electoral misconduct.
“Frankly, the behavior of the president’s legal team was a national embarrassment,” he said, highlighting the allegations made by Trump attorney Sidney Powell against Georgia GOP governor Brian Kemp.
“This is outrageous behavior by any lawyer,” Christie said on Sunday, noting that Trump’s lawyers made wild allegations publicly but have not yet brought them to court, where there are consequences for providing false information.
“They claim fraud outside the courtroom, but when they go into the courtroom, they don’t advocate fraud and they don’t argue about fraud,” he said.
“Look,” Christie concluded, “I was a supporter of the president. I voted for him twice, but elections have ramifications and we can’t go on pretending that something happened here that didn’t.”
“If you are not ready to come up with the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist,” he continued. “The country has to be most important. As much as I am a strong Republican and love my party, it is the country that has to come first.”
“We’re starting to look like we’re a banana republic.”
Maryland Republican governor Larry Hogan also harshly criticized Trump’s efforts on Sunday, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper to State of the Union that he was “embarrassed that more people in the party aren’t talking about” what he was doing called the “bizarre” steps.
Michigan Republican MP Fred Upton also stressed the need for a smooth transition process on Sunday, saying the lack of such a process would bring unnecessary uncertainty to the future administration.
“By not allowing the safety and health briefings, the normal transition from one president to the next only adds uncertainty and threatens that peaceful transition that would otherwise – that would surely undermine the next administration,” he said of CNN’s Dana Bash “Inside Politics”.
“If you slow it down, if you don’t certify the results, if you add all of these uncertainties, it’s only very problematic when the next government starts with its feet on the ground,” Upton said.
This story was updated on Sunday with further developments.