Former Gov. Chris Christie sharply rebuked President Donald Trump’s claims early Wednesday morning that a “major fraud” was at hand in the election and that he had won over his Democratic rival despite millions of votes left uncounted.

Christie, a friend and an adviser to the president, made the remarks on ABC News shortly after Trump delivered the speech at the White House.

“I talk tonight now not as a former governor, but as a former U.S. Attorney. There’s just no basis to make that argument tonight. It just isn’t. All of these votes have to be counted,” Christie, a news analyst for the network, said.

“I disagree with what he did tonight,” he said. “There comes a point where you have to let the process play itself out before you judge it to have been flawed, and I think by prematurely doing this, if there is a flaw in it later, he has undercut his own credibility in calling attention to that flaw.”

Christie added: “I think it’s a bad strategic decision. It’s a bad political decision.”

Trump told his supporters that “we did win this election” despite a handful of states not yet being called and that a “major fraud” was at hand. He also said his campaign will “be going to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

“We want all voting to stop,” the president said, even though voting has stopped and what’s happening now is only the continued counting of votes. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them.”

Biden, meanwhile, told his supporters he believed he was “on track” to win but asked them to “be patient” as the counting goes on.

Matt Arco

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