At GOP Debate Trailing NJ Governor Morphs Fight For 'Religious Liberty' Into Fight Against 'Radical Islamic Jihadists'
"Governor Christie, you said she must follow the law or be moved to another job in keeping with her conscience, but some conservatives say that would violate her religious liberty," Fox News host Chris Wallace posited.
â€œWhat I said, Chris, is the law needs to be followed, and that someone in that office has to do their job,â€ Christie said. â€œSo, if Ms. Davis wanted to step aside and get rid of her ability to be able to do that, there should be someone else in that office, who it didnâ€™t violate their conscience so they could follow the law of the state of Kentucky.â€
â€œI never said that Ms. Davis should either lose her job or that she had to do it, but what I did say was that the person who came in for the license needed to get it,â€ Christie added.
In truth, what Christie had said was that Davis should be given another job, despite the fact that hers is an elected position. Last September, he said, "we should move her to another job inside the government."
Regardless, his next comments are what really had people talking.
â€œHereâ€™s the problem with whatâ€™s going on around the world: The radical Islamic jihadists, what they want to do is impose their faith upon each and every one of us, and the reason why this war against them is so important is that very basis of religious liberty,â€ Christie said, in a stunning switch that had heads spinning.
â€œThey want everyone in this country to follow their religious beliefs the way they do. They do not want us to exercise religious liberty. Thatâ€™s why as commander-in-chief, I will take on ISIS, not only because it keeps us safe, but because it allows us to absolutely conduct our religious affairs that way we find in our heart and our souls.â€
On Twitter, people watching the debate weighed in:
'chris christie, how do you feel about kim davis?' christie: WE MUST DEFEAT ISIS!â€” Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) January 29, 2016
In the same sentence, Christie defends Kim Davis and attacks Muslims for wanting to force their religion onto others. Wait, what? #GOPDebateâ€” Logan Smith (@LoganJames) January 29, 2016
Christie sorta just compared Kim Davis to ISIS. #GOPDebateâ€” JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) January 29, 2016
Chris Christie asked about Kim Davis. He takes the chance to say that ISIS wants to impose their beliefs on everyone. Remind you of anyone?â€” American Atheists (@AmericanAtheist) January 29, 2016
How did a question about Kim Davis turn into an answer about "radical Islamic jihadists"? Answer the question Christie. #GOPDebateâ€” Bernie's Homie (@BerniesHomie) January 29, 2016
Christie took a question on Kim Davis and ended up talking about taking on ISISâ€” Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) January 29, 2016
Chris Christie just turned a Kim Davis question into an ISIS question.â€” Jon Green (@_Jon_Green) January 29, 2016