published : 2023-11-19

Chris Christie: Antisemitism in US is Unmasking, Not Rising

GOP presidential hopeful calls out 'horrific' antisemitism on social media sites and college campuses

Chris Christie speaking at a campaign event in front of a diverse crowd, capturing the essence of his message on combating antisemitism. (Taken with Nikon D850)

Former New Jersey Governor and current GOP presidential candidate, Chris Christie, asserted on NBC's 'Meet the Press' that antisemitism in the United States is not on the rise, but rather an unmasking of the hatred that has always existed.

Christie's comments came in response to the recent controversy surrounding Elon Musk, owner of social media platform X, and the prevalence of antisemitic content on platforms like TikTok, as well as within American colleges and universities.

Acknowledging the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Christie stated, 'What we're seeing now, due to what's happening in Israel at the moment, is that unmasking of [antisemitism]. We're seeing it all over college campuses.'

Elon Musk addressing a group of college students, discussing the impact of social media on spreading hate speech and the responsibility of platform owners. (Taken with Canon EOS R5)

The presidential hopeful highlighted the role of social media sites like X and TikTok in promoting antisemitism, calling the content 'horrific'. He criticized President X for not taking a stronger stance against antisemitism, emphasizing the need to combat hatred regardless of its source.

Elon Musk came under fire for allegedly endorsing an antisemitic post on X, though he later clarified that he was addressing left-wing organizations, not Jewish people as a whole. Musk asserted that individuals advocating for genocide on the platform would face suspension.

During his visit to Israel, Christie urged both the Israeli and United States governments to prioritize negotiating a fair and equitable deal to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas.

Israeli Defense Forces patrolling the Gaza border, showcasing their dedication to protecting civilians and maintaining international law. (Taken with Sony Alpha A7R IV)

Contrary to allegations from the United Nations human rights chief, who accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, Christie expressed support for Israel's adherence to international law. He highlighted the measures taken by the Israeli Defense Forces to minimize civilian casualties and criticized Hamas for using civilians as human shields.

Christie concluded by advocating the importance of continuous efforts to combat antisemitism and emphasized the need for a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Hamas conflict.