In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression. Chris Christie fired back at Donald Trump after the businessman said Monday that he should "be careful with what he says." Trump's comments came after Christie said that no Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating after 9/11 as Trump had claimed. "It didn't happen." "The worst part about his claim is that he said he saw it on television," Christie added.On Monday in New Hampshire, Christie said, "my recollection was, it didn't happen." "I was there on 9/11. "No one has been able to unearth any video of any such thing happening." Trump has come under fire for the widely debunked claim that he saw video footage of Muslims celebrating in Christie's state after the attacks. On Monday, he accused Christie of initially issuing a "weak" response.That's not what I was focused on." "I don't know how much more forceful you can be than that," Christie said.“Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do."I do not remember that, and so it's not something that was part of my recollection," Christie said. "Donald is used to intimidating folks." "I have no reason to engage with him," he added."I think if it had happened, I would remember it, but, you know, there could be things I forget, too." Christie, who is coming off a big day of endorsements, batted aside Trump's accusations. Plus, he added, "being warned by Donald Trump to be careful what I say is fascinating. I don't think Donald Trumps picks his words with great care." Asked why he didn't initially denounce Trump more forcefully, Christie said that he felt he was being forceful enough.
It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved.In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation.