Chris Christie calling Donald Trump "Donald Duck" meme.

Chris Christie "Donald Duck"

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Updated Sep 28, 2023 at 06:26PM EDT by Zach.

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Chris Christie "Donald Duck" is a nickname given to former U.S. President Donald Trump by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the second Republican debate in September 2023. The name inherently referenced the Disney cartoon character but also signaled to Trump "ducking" questions by not appearing on the debate stage. A clip of the moment went viral on social media sites like X / Twitter after it aired, inspiring a slew of Donald Duck memes. Alternatively, many captioned a screencap of Christie's face in the moment, likening it to a "zinger face" or the Kevin James Smirking meme.


On September 27th, 2023, the second Republican debate for the 2024 election cycle aired on national television. At one point in the debate, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told the audience that former U.S. President Donald Trump (who hadn't attended any of the debates thus far) was "ducking" them, not because of his indictments but because he was afraid to answer questions about his presidency. Christie called Trump "Donald Duck" in reference to the act of "ducking" questions.

The clip was posted by X[1] user @JordanUhl on September 27th, gaining roughly 4.3 million views and 10,200 likes in less than a day (shown below).


The clip quickly gained reactions and memes on X leading into the morning after the debate. For instance, on September 27th, 2023, X[2] user @BirdRespecter posted Christie's face, writing, "the zinger face. in his mind he just slammed trump through the hell in a cell cage like the undertaker and mankind," gaining roughly 4,400 likes in less than a day (shown below, left). Also on September 27th, X[3] user @greg_price11 compared Christie to the Kevin James Smirking meme, receiving roughly 2,000 likes in the same timeframe (shown below, right).

the information pimp @BirdRespecter the zinger face. in his mind he just slammed trump through the hell in a cell cage like the undertaker and mankind 9:49 PM . Sep 27, 2023 99.5K Views • : Greg Price @greg_price11 Christie literally did the meme with the Donald Duck line 9:44 PM Sep 27, 2023 119K Views Subscribe gettyimages Credit: CBS Photo Archive ...

Other than the usage of Chris Christie's face or soundbite, others made memes that likened Donald Trump to Donald Duck, such as X[4] user @oybay on September 27th, who drew Trump in Donald Duck's art style, gaining roughly 3,900 likes in less than a day (shown below).


Viral quotes of @JordanUhl's original video continued to surface on X[5] going into the days following. Similar content also surfaced on TikTok [6] and Facebook. [7]

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clay @hanfjob this is my biggie vs tupac 911 Breaking911 @Breaking911 - 12h Chris Christie labels Trump 'Donald Duck' OXI SINESS FOXI BUSINESS 0:26.IVE NO u REPUBLICAN DEBATE * 11:10 PM. Sep 27, 2023 23.9K Views GE OXI SINESS : ... Justin Whang @JustinWhang My mom's review of Chris Christie is in hes a retard with the retarted wife in audience 7:41 AM . Sep 28, 2023 40.1K Views Subscribe He's so proud of himself Benny Johnson @bennyjohnson Subscribe When this guy saying "Donald duck" was the highlight of your debate - you really, really suck at your job. 12:07 AM . Sep 28, 2023 50K Views siraj hashmi @SirajAHashmi Chris Christie after he hit that "Donald Duck" line 9:41 PM Sep 27, 2023 127.5K Views Subscribe R @lilKris_79 "Sir did you just call him Donald duck" Chris Christie: 81156287 10:47 PM . Sep 27, 2023 11.2K Views gettyimages Credit: CBS Photo Archive :

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