Governor Christie of New Jersey, who withdrew from the Presidential primary race weeks ago, appeared last week to give a surprise endorsement to Trump in front of a large Texas crowd. When it was over, a reporter with a microphone caught Trump telling Christie to "Get on the plane over there and go home," and Christie immediately obeyed. The episode was so dismissive and rude that everyone thought they would never be seen together again.
Trump and Christie's relationship is, uh, interesting? https://t.co/Ws0ynVDxk4— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 28, 2016
Trump Puts Lapdog Christie In His Place: “Get In The Plane And Go Home” https://t.co/7HT1UONI6F via ringoffireradio— Doc Hamrick (@mch7576) February 28, 2016
But late on Super Tuesday, after Trump had won multiple states, he held a press conference at his Mar-A-Lago Estate in Palm Beach, Florida, and Christie again appeared onstage to introduce "Mr. Trump," as he calls him now. Then he gave over the podium to his new lord and master, standing behing him with the strangest look on his face. To many viewers the flat tone in his voice and frightened demeanor reminded them of a hostage being forced to read a message to save their life or family. And he seemed suddenly overwhelmed with remorse or embarrassment as his face went through a strange metamorphosis. And it was obvious that like all uneven partnerships, whether Hitler and Mussolini, Voldemort and Wormtail, or Saruman and Wormtongue, Trump kinda likes pushing his toady around and making him squirm. It was bizarre and a little scary!
Of course it became a meme right away, and the hashtag #FreeChristie trended for many hours.
The exact moment Chris Christie realized he made a terrible mistake pic.twitter.com/XQfc8txOk2— Darth Kriss (@insanityreport) March 2, 2016
If someone paid Trump to run solely to humiliate Chris Christie and destroy his soul, they got their money's worth.— Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) March 2, 2016
Post-speech, Christie overheard whispering in Trump's ear "And may Ivanka's child be a masculine one."— Thom David (@ThomboyD) March 2, 2016
Waiting for someone to start a White House petition urging Pres. Obama to send a SEAL team in to rescue Christie. #FreeChristie— Chris Harrison (@charri68) March 2, 2016
Trump mocking Christie, dismissively thanking him for the intro. Still asserting alphadog status while Christie sycophantically giggles. Sad— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) March 2, 2016
Finally @ChrisChristie figured out how to get to speak at a victory celebration.— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) March 2, 2016
Christie has been replaced with a wax figure. #SuperTuesday— Bill (@tomservo10) March 2, 2016
GOPtham pic.twitter.com/T7XqeqVLKJ— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) March 2, 2016
Standing behind Trump Christie looks like Peter Pettigrew, aka Scabbers trying to please Voldemort https://t.co/xZRbyyMw6j— Judy (@judywadesf) March 2, 2016