Chris Christie Slams Donald Trump As “Donald Duck” At GOP Debate


In a fiery exchange during the second GOP presidential debate, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie took aim at his Republican rival, Donald Trump, referring to him as “Donald Duck.” The moment unfolded at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, and quickly grabbed headlines.

Key Takeaway

Chris Christie came out swinging at Donald Trump during the second GOP debate, accusing him of “ducking” the opportunity to defend his record on the stage. By referring to him as “Donald Duck,” Christie added a touch of mockery to his criticism.

Christie Calls Out Trump’s Absence

Midway through the debate, Christie seized the opportunity to confront Trump, who was absent from the event. Looking directly into the camera, Christie addressed Trump, stating, “Donald, I know you’re watching, you can’t help yourself.”

Christie went on to claim that Trump’s absence was not due to his standing in the polls or any legal issues he might be facing. Instead, he accused Trump of being fearful of defending his record on the debate stage, accusing him of “ducking” the opportunity.

The “Donald Duck” Jibe

To drive his point home, Christie delivered a punchline, stating, “You keep doing that, and no one up here is going to call you Donald Trump anymore. We’re going to call you Donald Duck!” The reference to the Disney character known for evading responsibility added a further layer of mockery to Christie’s criticism.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also took the opportunity to criticize both Trump and current President Joe Biden during the debate. DeSantis claimed that Trump was “completely missing in action from leadership” by skipping the debate and that he owed it to the American people to defend his record.

Blaming Trump for High Inflation

In addition to his critique of Trump’s absence, DeSantis blamed the former president for contributing to high inflation in the country. DeSantis alleged that Trump’s administration had added $7.8 trillion to the nation’s debt, which, according to him, had contributed to the economic challenges seen today.

While five other candidates shared the debate stage, including notable figures such as Nikki Haley and Mike Pence, none directed their criticism at Trump in such a direct manner as Christie and DeSantis did. Meanwhile, Trump was in Michigan, addressing the United Autoworkers in the midst of their strike for better wages and benefits against major automakers.