Why is Trump’s travel ban ‘inherently racist?’
In an interview with Fox News, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that the travel ban is “absolutely not” constitutional.
Christie also said that Trump’s executive order was “fundamentally wrong.”
Christie, who was not a part of the lawsuit challenging the ban, said that he “absolutely” believes that Trump is “inherentally racist.”
“I have been a leader in the Republican Party for many years, I have been elected to office four times, and I believe in the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and the rule of law, but that does not mean I am going to sit idly by while Trump goes around the country, and we go after other people because of their religion or their skin color or anything else,” Christie said.
“I’m not going to stand by and let him continue to do that.
And I think that’s something that we need to stop and address.”
Christie added that he believes the travel order is “fundamentally wrong” because “the First Amendment of the Constitution is about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and that’s what the First amendment is about.”
Christie also reiterated that he supports the “civil rights” movement, saying that “our freedom is the freedom of all people to exercise their faith, to practice their faith in a safe and responsible way, and to worship the way they want to.”
The governor added that his administration is “going to continue to enforce the laws of this state.”
In his statement, Christie also criticized Trump’s decision to ban travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.
“In my view, it’s in no way a reasonable or appropriate response to the threats posed by ISIS,” Christie wrote.
The president’s executive action is, without question, a flagrant violation of the constitutional rights of the American people, and it is the height of irresponsibility and cowardice to continue enforcing this discriminatory order.”