Pro-Life Father Arrested by FBI Acquitted on Federal Charges
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A Catholic pro-life activist facing 11 years in prison for allegedly violating a federal law prohibiting people from blocking others from entering an abortion clinic was acquitted on Monday following a week-long trial.

Mark Houck leads a nonprofit group that counsels women outside of abortion clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was providing sidewalk counseling when, the Department of Justice says, he assaulted an abortion escort twice “because he was a volunteer reproductive health care clinic escort.”

“Assault is always a serious offense, and under the [Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances] FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime,” U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Romero said in a DOJ press release. “Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.”

The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone due to their status as a provider of reproductive health care.

Houck and his attorneys at the Thomas More Society argued, however, that this was “a political prosecution” meant to “send a message” to pro-life Americans.

“And what’s clear from the Department of Justice at its highest levels, which is directing this case, [is] that they are trying to send a message to pro-life and people of faith: ‘Don’t mess with us,’” Thomas More Society vice president Peter Breen told Fox News. “They want to intimidate — they want to cause good people like Mark to stop praying and counseling at the abortion clinics of our country. And that’s not going to happen.”

Breen told the outlet that the case was thrown out of state court but revived by the Biden administration nearly a year after the incident. Further, Breen said, some 20 FBI agents raided Houck’s home when they arrested him, treating him “as if he was a drug lord or a mafia boss.”

“If he was truly a danger to the community, they wouldn’t have waited a year to prosecute,” Breen said. “Serious questions need to be asked of the attorney general. What was he thinking? Why did they do this obscene show of force against a peaceful pillar of the community?”

Houck’s lawyers also argued that the DOJ’s claim that the FACE Act protects anyone associated with an abortion clinic is inaccurate.

“The FACE Act was never intended to cover disputes between advocates on the public sidewalks outside of our nation’s abortion clinics,” Breen said in a statement earlier this month. “This new evidence shows clearly that Congress intended to limit the FACE Act to patients and staff working in the clinic, and not to take sides between pro-life and pro-choice counselors and escorts on the sidewalk. The Biden Department of Justice’s prosecution of Mark Houck is pure harassment, meant solely to intimidate our nation’s pro-life sidewalk counselors who provide vital resources to help pregnant women at risk for abortion.”

Houck pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and testified at trial that he and the clinic escort, Bruce Love, had two altercations on the day in question. The first occurred while Houck was counseling two women crossing the street who left Planned Parenthood, Catholic News Agency reported. Love allegedly chased Houck about 100 feet in an attempt to stop him from counseling the women, Life News reported. Houck claimed that Love surprised and made contact with him, causing him to ask, “What are you doing?” and reflexively elbow the escort in the hip to move him out of the way. The prosecution argued that Houck elbowed Love unprovoked because of his status as a clinic escort.

After this, Houck said Love left the clinic and stood near Houck’s 12-year-old son while taunting Houck Sr., saying, “You’re hurting women. You don’t care about women.”

Houck said Love also repeatedly disparaged him to his son, who testified on Friday that Love stood about an arm’s length away from him near the clinic.

“I moved away… because I was scared,” the younger Houck testified, adding that Love told him, “Your dad’s a bad person. Your dad’s harassing women.”

It was after Houck repeatedly told Love to stop harassing his son that Houck said he pushed Love away.

The jury deadlocked on Friday after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, telling U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert that they didn’t think they could come to a conclusion given more time. Pappert sent the jury home but instructed them to return Monday morning and continue deliberations anyway.

On Monday, the jury acquitted Houck. Following the verdict, Breen released a statement condemning the Biden administration for pursuing his client.

“We are, of course, thrilled with the outcome,” Breen said. “Mark and his family are now free of the cloud that the Biden administration threw upon them. We took on Goliath – the full might of the United States government – and won. The jury saw through and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from day one. This is a win for Mark and the entire pro-life movement. The Biden Department of Justice’s intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith has been put in its place.”

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  • Marlenemarty says:

    Here’s a puzzle for you, why are the Democrats pushing abortion of American citizens? Schumer may have answered that question. He publicly stated that we need the illegals as the birth rate of American citizens is so low as to constitute a shortage.

  • William Shaker says:

    Another example of cancel culture abusing our justice system. EPIC FAIL!!! God Bless Mark Houck.

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    “I’d be very, very happy to cooperate with any further inquiry from members of the Senate, and I look forward to putting this matter behind us in the near future,” he added.

    Pence has been testing the waters for a possible 2024 presidential run, which would put him on a collision course with onetime boss Trump. He laid out “spring or early summer” as a time frame for his decision about whether to run and stressed that he is receiving an “awful lot of encouragement from around the country.”

    He is currently running in third place in a hypothetical 2024 GOP primary, per the latest RealClearPolitics polling aggregate. Earlier in the day Tuesday, Pence delivered a keynote at Liberty University School of Law’s Consecration Service. He also has an eighth trip to Iowa scheduled for Wednesday following a recent stint in New Hampshire.

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    No Trump Grand Jury Indictment This Week



    The grand jury hearing evidence in the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into former President Donald Trump will not sit on the case again this week, multiple sources told Fox News Tuesday.

    A court administration source, and others, told Fox News the grand jury, which was expected to reconvene Wednesday, is done with the case until next week.

    The secret grand jury wrapped its proceedings Monday afternoon without voting on Trump’s case, sources told Fox News on Monday. Those proceedings came after they were canceled twice last week by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.

    Bragg has been investigating the $130,000 hush-money payment that then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford. That payment was made in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

    Cohen has said Trump directed the payments. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 through his own company and was later reimbursed by Trump’s company, which logged the payments as “legal expenses.”

    Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing with regard to the payments made to Daniels, and he has repeatedly said the payments were “not a campaign violation” but rather a “simple private transaction.”

    The Trump Organization “grossed up” Cohen’s reimbursement for Daniels’ payment for “tax purposes,” according to federal prosecutors who filed the 2018 criminal charges against Cohen for the payments.

    Federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York opted out of charging Trump related to the Daniels payment in 2019, even as Cohen implicated him as part of his plea deal. The Federal Election Commission also tossed its investigation into the matter in 2021.

    Over the weekend, Trump suggested the case had already been dropped against him.

    “I think they’ve already dropped the case,” Trump told reporters aboard his plane after appearing at his first 2024 campaign rally in Waco, Texas.

    “It’s a fake case,” he said. “Some fake cases, they have absolutely nothing.”

    When asked for comment about Trump’s claim the case has been dropped, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung told Fox News Digital: “This has been dropped because everyone knows this was a partisan witch-hunt by a radical, leftist DA that sought to politically weaponize the Justice system to influence an election.”

    Meanwhile, Bragg has slammed House Republicans who have called for him to testify on Capitol Hill about the investigation.

    “We evaluate cases in our jurisdiction based on the facts, the law, and the evidence. It is not appropriate for Congress to interfere with pending local investigations,” the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

    The office told Fox News Digital that Bragg stands by his previous pledge to publicly state the conclusion of the investigation, “whether we conclude our work without bringing charges, or move forward with an indictment.”

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    MTG Twitter Suspended over Highlighting ‘Trans Day of Vengeance’



    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) congressional Twitter account has been suspended for a week after she condemned calls for a “Trans Day Of Vengeance” made before the Nashville school attack by a 28-year-old transgender shooter.

    Greene was initially suspended after she tweeted that antifa was organizing the event, announced before the shooting yesterday that killed three children and three adults.

    After her account was restored, she was suspended again after she retweeted the post that offended Twitter. That was followed by a notice that the lawmaker’s account was suspended for seven days.

    “After 3000 RTs of this tweet, my account was suspended AGAIN. Why is Twitter whitewashing the ‘Trans Day of Vengeance,’ @elonmusk? A day after a mass murder of children by a trans shooter? The people need to know about the threat they face from Antifa & trans-terrorism!!!” she wrote before the seven-day suspension hit.

    Several conservative news sites wrote about the protest day after trans shooter Audrey Hale went on a killing spree at the private Covenant School yesterday.

    “We had to automatically sweep our platform and remove >5000 tweets /retweets of this poster,” Ella G. Irwin, vice president of trust and safety at Twitter, posted Tuesday. “We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. ‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok.”

    Greene followed up those reports by uploading the poster promoting the day of protest in Washington. She called on the Justice Department to investigate.

    Twitter said, however, that she had violated their rules against violent speech.

    On her personal Twitter account, which she uses in tandem with the congressional one, she wrote of violating rules, “This is a lie. My Congressional account was suspended for 7 days for exposing Antifa, who are organizing a call for violence called ‘Trans Day of Vengeance.’ The day after the mass murder of children by a trans shooter. Restore my account immediately.”

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    WATCH: Bodycam Footage Shows Moment Hero Cops Take Out Trans Nashville School Shooter



    Police have released frightening bodycam footage of the moment officers took out mass shooter Audrey Hale — as it was revealed she suffered from an “emotional disorder” and hid her cache of weapons from her parents.

    The footage, released by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, shows officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo storming through The Covenant School’s hallways as they methodically hunted down the 28-year-old mass killer on Monday.

    Soon after entering the building, the heroic cops could be seen rushing towards an atrium on the second floor of the private Christian academy while repeatedly shouting “shots fired.”

    As they rounded the corner and laid eyes on Hale, the bodycam shows officers rapidly firing as the shooter blasted bullets in their direction.

    Seconds later, Hale could be seen dropping to the floor.

    The footage shows cops cautiously approaching the shooter’s limp body as they screamed “don’t move” and “get your hands away from the gun.”

    Hale, who was armed with two rifles and a handgun, was killed in the shootout.

    At a press conference on Tuesday, Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the 28-year-old had legally purchased seven guns from various local stores — including the three used in the massacre.

    The shooter was also being treated for an emotional disorder — and had hidden her cache of weapons from her parents, the police chief said.

    “She was under care, doctor’s care, for an emotional disorder,” Drake told reporters, adding that cops “knew nothing about the treatment she was receiving.”

    The police chief did not elaborate on what kind of emotional disorder she was suffering.

    A source close to the Hale family told the Daily Beast that the shooter was autistic “but high-functioning” — however, cops were unable to immediately confirm that.

    Hale also identified as transgender, Drake revealed at an earlier press conference Monday, though it wasn’t clear whether the suspect identified as a man or woman.

    Asked whether Hale’s identity could be a factor in the motive, Drake said, “There is some theory to that, we’re investigating all the leads.”

    Hale used male pronouns and the name Aiden on some social media accounts.

    The mass killer – dressed in a red hat backward, military fatigue pants, and a dark vest — had also earlier been captured on surveillance video casually stalking the hallways for victims as cops were rushing towards the scene.

    Police said Hale managed to gain access to the school by pumping bullets through the glass doors on the side of the building.

    After unleashing a reign of deadly terror, the shooter then started firing at arriving officers from the second-story window where she was eventually taken out.

    Hale gunned down three 9-year-olds and three staffers in the minutes before police fatally shot her.

    The victims have been identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and Williams Kinney, as well as custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and headmaster Katherine Koonce, 60.

    Drake hasn’t yet revealed a motive for the massacre but said Hale, who was a former student, had meticulously planned out the carnage.

    A search of Hale’s home uncovered a detailed map of the school, including potential entry points.

    The shooter also conducted surveillance of the building before carrying out the massacre, Drake added.

    “We have a manifesto, we have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this date, the actual incident,” he told reporters on Monday.

    “We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place.”

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    Legacy Media Scramble To Recover, Claim Police ‘Misidentified’ Gender Of Nashville Shooter



    Legacy media outlets are upset that police in Nashville “misidentified” the gender of the biologically female shooter who killed six, including three 9-year-old children, Monday morning at a Christian school.

    USA Today wrote in a tweet thread update that “Police on Monday afternoon said that the shooter was a transgender man. Officials had initially misidentified the gender of the shooter.” The New York Times also issued a statement, attempting to clear up “confusion” about the shooter’s gender.

    “There was confusion later on Monday about the gender identity of the assailant in the Nashville shooting,” the Times said.

    “Officials had used ‘she’ and ‘her’ to refer to the suspect, who, according to a social media post and a LinkedIn profile, appeared to identify as a man in recent months.”

    The 28-year-old shooter Audrey Hale —  shot and killed three children and three adults at the Covenant School before police responded and exchanged gunfire with the shooter, who was struck and killed around 10:27 a.m. — just 14 minutes after the first call was made to police. Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the shooting was a “targeted attack.”

    The shooter was a biological woman who identified as a man. Throughout the day in press conferences and updates, the Metro Nashville Police Department and Police Chief John Drake referred to the shooter as a woman and used her biological female pronouns. The female shooter, however, put “he/him” pronouns on social media, causing legacy media outlets to retroactively issue statements addressing gender identity.

    On Monday afternoon, local authorities along with the FBI searched the home of the female shooter. During the search, law enforcement said they found “a manifesto” along with maps of the school drawn in detail that included points of entry. The police chief said authorities have a theory on the shooter’s motive, but they are not ready to share it yet.

    Police identified the six victims, and they include three 9-year-old children and three adults 60 years old and above.

    According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, the victims are “Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all age 9, Cynthia Peak, age 61, Katherine Koonce, age 60, and Mike Hill, age 61.” Katherine Koonce was the head of the Covenant School.

    The Covenant School is a private Presbyterian school in Nashville’s posh Green Hills neighborhood that educates children from preschool through sixth grade. According to the school’s website, it enrolls between 195 and 210 students.

    Not a single headline says the word Christian, transgender, or targeted:


    New York Times front page the day after Buffalo:

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    FBI Releases 190 Pages on ‘Secret’ Investigation Into Ivana Trump



    The FBI released “secret” documents relating to an inquiry into former President Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump on Tuesday.

    The documents, obtained by Bloomberg, indicate that Ivana faced counterintelligence allegations relating to her home country of Czechoslovakia. The FBI used connections in Canada and Europe to track down the specifics of her emigration from the country, which at the time was controlled by communists.

    Ivana left Czechoslovakia by marrying an Austrian ski instructor, who she divorced soon after gaining Austrian citizenship in 1972. She then traveled to the U.S. and ended up in New York City, where she met the would-be president.

    Ivana and Trump married in April 1977, and the couple would remain together until their highly public divorce in the late 1980s.

    The FBI produced some 900 pages of documents relating to its investigations into Ivana, but only 190 were made available this week. More documents from the stash are expected to be available next month, according to Bloomberg.

    The FBI’s inquiry focused at least in part on Ivana’s connections to a man in Czechoslovakia who was said to arrange false marriages. The man was believed to have connections to the country’s intelligence community. The FBI redacted names from all the documents it released.

    The documents also made note of a visit investigators say Ivana made to her home country in June 1990. The documents say she met with Vaclav Havel, the late president of Czechoslovakia, and he reportedly gave her a signed book.

    The documentation of the meeting indicates the FBI was investigating Ivana long after her marriage to Trump ended.

    Ivana died in July 2022, and Trump attended her funeral alongside their children, Ivanka, Eric and Don. Jr.

    “I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City.. She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her. Rest In Peace, Ivana!,” Trump said in a statement announcing her death.

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    Border Tragedy: At Least 39 Dead in Massive Fire at Mexico Migrant Center



    A fire at an immigration detention center in northern Mexico, near the U.S. border, has claimed the lives of at least three dozen migrants, Mexican authorities said.

    Mexico’s National Institute of Migration (INM) said 39 foreign migrants died in a fire that started shortly before 10 p.m. local time on Monday, at the detention center in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

    Images from the scene showed rows of bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside the facility in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. Ambulances, firefighters and vans from the morgue could also be seen.

    INM said that 68 men from Central and South America were staying at the facility. Of these, 29 more migrants were injured in the fire and were transported in delicate to serious condition to four local hospitals for care.

    The agency said a complaint has been filed with the proper authorities to begin investigating the incident. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) was given a hearing to intervene in legal proceedings and to safeguard foreign migrants.

    INM said it will assist in legal investigations “in order to clarify these unfortunate facts.”

    “The National Institute of Migration strongly rejects the acts that led to this tragedy,” the agency said, without specifying which “acts” it was referring to.

    Ciudad Juarez is a major crossing point for migrants entering the United States. Its shelters are full of migrants waiting for opportunities to cross or who have requested asylum in the United States and are waiting out the process.

    A local newspaper, Diario de Juárez, reported that the fire began in the men’s area of the detention facility and that all the victims are male.

    The cause of the fire remains unknown and is being investigated by Mexico’s attorney general’s office, according to media reports.

    This tragedy near the U.S. border comes as dual border hearings are scheduled on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will testify in an oversight hearing conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m.

    At the same time, the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability will hold a hearing entitled, “Biden’s Growing Border Crisis: Death, Drugs, and Disorder on the Northern Border.”

    House lawmakers will hear from National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd and others who will speak about illegal immigration across the U.S.-Canada border, which is the longest international border between two countries in the world.

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    ‘I’m Planning to Die’: Trans School Shooter’s Chilling Final Message to Friend



    The transgender school shooter who killed six people including three innocent children yesterday before being gunned down by police sent a message to a friend moments before the rampage, telling her: ‘I’m planning to die today… you’ll probably hear about me on the news.’

    Audrey Hale, 28, shot and killed three students and three teachers at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, shortly before 10.30am yesterday.

    Audrey – who was transgender and also went by ‘Aiden’ – was then shot and killed by police.

    Before traveling to the school, the killer sent a haunting final message to Averianna Patton on Instagram.

    They had played middle school basketball together and remained friends.

    At 9.57am, 16 minutes before cops were first notified to the shooting, Audrey wrote: ‘So basically that post I made on here about you, that was basically a suicide note.

    ‘I’m planning to die today. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!! You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die.

    ‘This is my last goodbye. I love you. ‘See you again in another life.’

    ‘Audrey (Aiden)’.

    Patton immediately called the cops to report the messages but it was already too late.

    By the time she called, Audrey had begun shooting children at the small, church school.

    Patton told News Channel 5 Nashville that another message read: ‘One day this will make more sense. I’ve left behind more than enough evidence behind.

    ‘But something bad is about to happen.’

    During an appearance on CNN on Tuesday morning, she said Hale had been suicidal in the past.

    ‘Audrey has shared with others that she had been suicidal in the past and I knew to take this serious.’

    She also revealed that she was on hold for seven minutes before someone answered her call to the non-emergency police line.

    ‘I called Nashville’s non-emergency line at 10:14am and was on hold for nearly seven minutes before speaking with someone who said that they would send an officer to my home.

    ‘An officer did not come to my home until 3:29 pm,’ she said.

    The first 911 call of a shooting came in at 10.13am.

    By 10.27am, police were at the school and had killed Hale on the second floor of the building.

    Hale shot her way into the school, firing through one of the locked doors.

    She then made her way through the first floor, and up to the second.

    It remains unclear exactly how many shots she fired in total, and whether anyone else was shot and injured.

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    Meet the Two Hero Cops Who Took Out Trans School Shooter



    The two police officers who fatally shot the suspect of the Covenant School shooting in Nashville on Monday have been identified.

    Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Officer Rex Englebert and Officer Michael Collazo fired at the 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale “and fatally wounded her,” bringing an end to a shooting that left six victims, including three children, dead.

    Officer Englebert is a four-year MNPD veteran and Officer Collazo is a nine-year MNPD veteran.

    “Chief John Drake and the men and women of the MNPD join all of Nashville in mourning today’s deaths of six innocent persons, three nine-year-olds and three adults, at the hands of an active shooter at Covenant Church/School on Burton Hills Drive,” a statement from the Nashville Police read.

    According to the police chief, Hale fired at the officers who were arriving at the scene from windows on the second floor before they swept the building and found her in a common room.

    “The first call to 911 about shots being fired in the building came in at 10:13 a.m. Officers rushed to the campus, made entry, and began clearing the building. Shots were heard coming from the second level. It was on the second floor, in a common area, that a team of officers encountered Hale shooting (she had been firing through a window at arriving police cars). Two members of an officer team fired on Hale and fatally wounded her,” Chief Drake said.

    The responding officers were on the scene and neutralized the shooter within 15 minutes of the initial shots being fired by Hale.

    The victims were identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs, all age nine, as well as Mike Hill, 61, Cynthia Peak, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60.

    According to the police, Hale, who attended the school years ago, arrived on campus in her Honda Fit and was heavily armed with three guns. They included two AR-style weapons and a pistol.

    Surveillance video released by MNPD showed Hale shot her way into the church/school through a set of glass doors at a side entrance of the building.

    The MNPD also found writings belonging to Hale in a nearby vehicle that revealed her attack was “calculated and planned.”

    Other evidence, including a sawed-off shotgun and a second shotgun, was seized when officers executed a search warrant at Hale’s Brightwood Avenue home, police said.

    The shooting remains under investigation and is being led by several MNPD components, with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the ATF and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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    Chris Christie Suggests He’ll Run to Torpedo Trump in Primary



    Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie suggested to an audience on Monday that he may enter the 2024 presidential race to torpedo former President Donald Trump.

    Christie made the remarks while speaking at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire.

    Christie campaigned in New Hampshire more than any other GOP candidate in 2016 and was blown out there, leading him to suspend his campaign.

    “You better have somebody on that stage who can do to him what I did to Marco because that’s the only thing that’s gonna defeat Donald Trump,” Christie said in reference to him going hard after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during the debates. “And that means you gotta have the skill to do it and that means you have to be fearless because he will come back and right at you.”

    Christie said that “it’s not gonna end nicely” and Trump’s “end will not be a calm and quiet conclusion.”

    “And so, if I run again, I can’t imagine that I would continue to do it the same way,” he added. “But this time if I run, I would just hope that you come to a better conclusion than you did the last time.”

    Mediaite reported that Christie’s remarks “elicited laughs from the crowd.”

    The former president and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis currently sit at the top of the polls for the 2024 Republican nomination, even though the latter has not announced a campaign yet.

    Christie told Fox News that he wanted to go to New Hampshire to talk to people “who I know are the best-informed voters in the country about things that I think are important in the world and in our country right now — and to see how they react to that, and see that what they think about things that I think are important.”

    Christie said though that he has not made any plans on whether to join the race but added that he has “had a lot of interesting conversations with donors over the course of the last few weeks.”

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