An argument with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) didn’t end well for the co-hosts of The View this week.
According to the Daily Caller, Christie got into a spat on Friday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show with host Whoopi Goldberg, who was staunchly against reopening the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Who are you willing to sacrifice?”
According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, nearly 1.5 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 as of Sunday — but reports, including from The New York Times, have indicated that new cases of the deadly disease are beginning to slow. Of course, that didn’t stop Goldberg of essentially accusing Christie of supporting human sacrifice.
“You upset a lot of people saying the country needs to reopen because people are going to die no matter what,” Goldberg said Friday, according to the Daily Caller. “You compared it to lives lost during World War II, calling it a sacrifice for the American way of life. I’m asking, since you’re suggesting that I sacrifice, who are you sacrificing? Who are you going to give up in your family?”
It was at this point that Christie fired back. “That’s a false choice,” the former governor, who also put up a bid for the Republicans’ 2016 presidential nomination, insisted, according to the Daily Caller. He went on:
That’s what people who don’t understand what’s going on here have said. We have 36.5 million people unemployed. We have, in seven different states now, the suicide rate going up—
Goldberg interrupted: “Who are you willing to sacrifice to die, Chris? You’re saying people should be willing to sacrifice family. Who are you willing to give up?”
But according to Christie, Goldberg just wasn’t listening. “That’s not what I said. Read what I said,” Christie said, according to the Daily Caller. “Lives are going to be lost inevitably no matter what we do. Lives are being lost today even after sheltering for nine weeks. People are still dying from this virus.”
The Republican said it’s a balancing act. “All we’re hearing is that we have to remain shut-in,” he told The View hosts, according to the Daily Caller. “What it’s doing is it’s destroying the economy, and destroying, as a result, people’s lives and their hope.”
“That’s just wrong”
But Goldberg wasn’t Christie’s only takedown on Friday’s program. According to Fox News, the former governor also got into a dispute with host Joy Behar, who he said was “absolutely wrong” to suggest that Republicans don’t want to spend money to help people suffering economically from the coronavirus.
“That’s just wrong. That’s absolutely wrong,” Christie said, according to Fox. “It’s your point of view, and you’re welcome to it, but you’re not welcome to your own set of facts.”
Christie’s on-air spat comes amid long-standing controversy over President Donald Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking in Pennsylvania on Thursday, the president said the U.S. is leading the world in testing, which is why America’s coronavirus case count is so much higher than any other country’s, he argued.
“We have more cases than anybody in the world, but why? Because we do more testing,” Trump said last week, according to MarketWatch. “When you test, you have a case. When you test you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases. They don’t want to write that. It’s common sense. We test much more.”