Chris Christie Criticized for Urging U.S. to Reopen Despite COVID-19 Projection Showing 3,000 Daily Deaths by June

Christie isn't exactly known for being someone worth listening to.


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Chris Christie, a voice perhaps best left back in 2016 or whatever, has expressed his reasoning for being one of the people loudly calling for a so-called "reopening" of the U.S. despite COVID-19 concerns.

The former New Jersey governor and former Trump transition team leader spoke with CNN's Dana Bash this week, notably using the conversation to urge the acceptance of death.

"Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can—but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?" Christie said during the Daily DC podcast chat. "Are there ways that we can...thread the middle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what?"

From there, Christie argued that not letting "some of these folks" return to work would "destroy the American way of life in these families." Recovering from that, he added, would take years. But recovering from literal death takes much longer, in that it's not currently possible. Still, Christie drove home the COVID-19 death compromise argument by comparing our current era to the "sacrifice" of World War II.

Christie was also asked specifically about the fact that a Trump administration model is now projecting an estimated daily death count of up to 3,000 people by the start of June. Asked if the American people "would be able to accept" the reality of reopening following such news, Christie said, "They're gonna have to."

A different heavily cited projections model, meanwhile, is predicting far fewer deaths by June 1 but still points to an expected rise in COVID-19 due to states prematurely exiting social distancing phases. And to be clear, that is exactly what Christie is recommending for areas around the country.

Thankfully, we can take small solace in the ensuing shredding of Christie's comments, as is delightfully excerpted below:

Chris Christie says Americans should be prepared to lose lives to restart the ecomony, likening it to World War II... Can you believe that fat fuck... Americans puts profits aside to fight evil in the Second World War, now he wants Americans to die so that the evil can profit...

— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) May 5, 2020

Reporter: What happens if, once we reopen the country, even more people start dying of the virus?

Chris Christie: We’ll close that bridge when we come to it. I mean CROSS! Cross that bridge! Phew that was a close one.

— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 5, 2020

As someone who has already sacrificed a family member for American “freedom”- go F yourself, ⁦@GovChristie⁩.

For everyone else:

Good morning! ¡Buenos Días! Today is Tuesday, May 5th 2020 where I live.

Please, stay safe. 💜

— Nelba Márquez-Greene, LMFT 💜 (@Nelba_MG) May 5, 2020

To @GovChristie who’s willing to sacrifice 3000 lives/day for the sake of the economy, tell me how often you’ve seen someone die. How many spouses have you had to tell “I’m sorry, we did everything we could” @realDonaldTrump use the #DPA for testing so we can safely #OpenAmerica

— Dr. Rob Davidson MD, MPH (@DrRobDavidson) May 5, 2020

It’s always amazing how those who have never sacrificed are the first to suggest everyone else should sacrifice. Comparing this virus to WWII shows the abject ignorance of these idiots. People who weren’t on the front lines didn’t die because of WWII.


Bruce Springsteen hates you @ChrisChristie

— The Trillbillies (@thetrillbillies) May 5, 2020

Will Chris christie go work at a meat processing plant?
they could use some new workers.

— Art Martin (@gartmartin9) May 5, 2020

Chris Christie should work three straight shifts in a hospital intensive care ward and then get back to me about what America needs right now

— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 5, 2020

People should listen to Chris Christie, he's an actual expert on shutting things down and causing deaths.

— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) May 5, 2020

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