"Chris Christie" courtesy of [Gage Skidmore via Flickr]
Is Chris Christie Okay?
I was so distracted during Trump’s speech that I almost missed it entirely. No, it wasn’t from looking at videos on my computer or even using my phone…it was because I was fixated on Chris Christie, nestled in the back left-hand corner of the TV screen, who looked far from okay.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Florida after garnering some lofty Super Tuesday wins. Former presidential hopeful and current governor of New Jersey Chris Christie introduced Trump, but it wasn’t the introduction that made observers concerned for Christie’s safety.
It was in the time after he spoke, while Trump gave his spiel, when it happened. Christie stood behind Trump, expressionless, gazing off into the distance as if to ponder why he had made the decision to speak at the rally.
.@ChrisChristie just gave what looked like a coerced confession.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 2, 2016
Chris Christie trying to figure out how the hell this happened to him https://t.co/5buKrSM9pG
— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) March 2, 2016
He looked like he was forced to be there, and his strange mannerisms quickly manifested themselves into a meme all over Twitter–trending with #FreeChrisChristie.
Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri put it best:
“Chris Christie spent the entire speech screaming wordlessly. I have never seen someone scream so loudly without using his mouth before. It would have been remarkable if it had not been so terrifying.”
— Matt Viser (@mviser) March 2, 2016
So lifeless, yet so full of regret.
Many have likened his appearance and strange facial expressions to that of a hostage video.
My gooodness Chris Christie looks like he’s appearing in a hostage video. #SuperTuesday
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) March 2, 2016
Gonna need Chris Christie to hold up a copy of today’s newspaper to prove this is not a prerecorded hologram hostage video
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) March 2, 2016
Christie endorsed “Mr. Trump” this past Friday, a move that shocked many after he had been so critical of the front-runner’s tactics and rhetoric.
As a man who had once said Trump was running not for commander-in-chief but instead for “entertainer-in-chief,” his comments Tuesday night were, to put it mildly, a complete 180.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 2, 2016
Maybe it’s because the New Hampshire Union Leader recently apologized for endorsing Christie, or because six New Jersey newspapers just asked for his resignation. Maybe we’ll never know. Regardless of what was really going through his head during the speech, we are worried about you Chris Christie.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 2, 2016