The Twitterverse saw panic and fear in the eyes of the New Jersey governor, who last week endorsed Trump for president after dropping out of the race himself earlier in February.
The hashtag #FreeChrisChristie was trending as users joked that the governor's expressions and body language made it look like he was in a "hostage situation."
.@ChrisChristie just gave what looked like a coerced confession.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 2, 2016
No, it's staged to look like a hostage situation. https://t.co/z29OtZcRVy— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 2, 2016
chris christie looks like he's seen a ghost and that ghost has forced him to watch mufasa die https://t.co/9nSHKlilSO— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) March 2, 2016
Gov. Christie, blink twice if you're in trouble!— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) March 2, 2016
Come on guys, cruel and unusual punishment is unconstitutional. #FreeChrisChristie— Kalynn (@kalynnlisa) March 2, 2016
In the analysis of Tuesday's voting and the Trump campaign in general, Christie wasn't the only one seen as a hostage.
Historian Jon Meacham, appearing on Morning Joe Wednesday, said of the Trump phenomenon, "Trump has managed to hijack an entire political party, and the pilots are asking why no one is on their side."
"The passengers are cheering for the guy who took over the plane."