Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, threw some serious shade at Donald Trump Tuesday night, delivering an epic eye roll at the Republican front-runner during his victory speech after sweeping a handful of East Coast primaries.
As CNN reports, Trump was grandstanding as only Trump does when he delivered a remark that didn’t sit will with Mary Pat. Suggesting that his likely rival for the Oval Office, Hillary Clinton, was “playing the woman card,” Trump delivered this zinger.
“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. And the beautiful thing is women don’t like her, OK?”
In the video below, you can see Mary Pat’s reaction to the remark, and it’s obvious she’s not impressed.
Not surprisingly, the internet had a field day with Mary Pat’s eye roll.
I didn’t see a better performance in sports, entertainment or politics than the one Mary Pat Christie put on tonight. Something for everyone
— Josh Mansour (@joshmansour) April 27, 2016
If Mary Pat Christie files for divorce, I think the judge is just going to knowingly nod and shrug. https://t.co/R8k0U8bgZM
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) April 27, 2016
CNN reporter Gloria Borger is convinced that Christie was throwing shade at Trump.
“Mary Pat kind of looked over at her husband. She winced or rolled her eyes. The thing about Donald Trump is that he doubles down on everything. He doesn’t apologize. He doubles down and what he was doing tonight not only was gratuitously taking a slap at Hillary Clinton as a woman but also stirring the pot.”
However, the Detroit Free Press‘ Steph Solis isn’t convinced.
“Was it an eye roll? Was it the side eye? Was she just tired of standing there so long? The world may never know, but talking heads on CNN agreed that Twitter might have been reading a bit too much into Christie’s expressions. It wasn’t necessarily a side eye at Trump, much less an eye roll, they said. And she could had anything on her mind when she made that face.”
Mary Pat Christie is not the first Christie to draw media attention for their facial expressions during a Donald Trump speech. Back in March, after Chris Christie, who had once referred to Trump as “entertainer-in-chief,” according to the Detroit Free Press, introduced Trump at a Florida rally, cameras captured Christie with a look on his face that can most charitably be described as “conflicted.”
In fact, like several other prominent Republicans, both Christies find themselves in the unenviable position of having to support Donald Trump for the sake of unity within the Republican party even though his campaign has been dogged by allegations of misogyny, racism, and violence at his rallies, particularly against minorities.
In one almost comically awkward case, Dr. Ben Carson, once a challenger to Trump for the Republican nomination, endorsed Trump after he dropped out of the race. When confronted by CNN hosts Kate Bolduan and John Berman about the arrest of Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for roughing up a female reporter, Carson famously responded that a lot of people have been arrested.
He then told Berman, “You’ve probably been charged with something, too.”
Berman responded that he had, in fact, never been charged with any crimes.
Mary Pat Christie, for her part, has largely kept out of the public eye as First Lady of New Jersey, although she did take a three-month leave of absence from her day job as an investment banker to head up the Hurricane Sandy New Jersy Relief Fund in 2012, according to MSNBC.
Do you believe Mary Pat Christie was really rolling her eyes at Donald Trump, or is the media reading too much into it?
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