New Jersey governor and perpetual Trump lackey Chris Christie gave one of the more memorable speeches of a frighteningly aggressive RNC last night, staging a mock “prosecution” of the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her various imagined crimes against the American people. After every slanted argument Christie presented, the bloodthirsty crowd would chant back the verdict of “guilty,” to Mr. Christie’s evident pleasure.
From a political standpoint, the speech represented just one more pathetic attempt by Mr. Christie to suck up to Mr. Trump and secure a cabinet position in a hypothetical Trump administration. In its virulently anti-Clinton tone it was always representative of a convention that so far has had little positive to say about the GOP’s own nominee and has instead focused on almost deranged condemnations of Mrs. Clinton.
Besides the inevitable anti-Clinton hysteria, Christie’s mock prosecution was galling given that his own record of respect for the law falls somewhere between those of Tony Soprano and Jack Abramoff. The Clinton campaign brilliantly made this point and abolished Christie’s credibility as a moral arbiter with one simple tweet:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2016
James DeVinne is a student at American University in Washington, DC majoring in International Service with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a founding member of Occupy Baltimore and interns at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.