Saturday, 5 August 2023

‘White Lizzo’ Trends Online, And You Can Probably Guess Which 2024 Candidate They’re Talking About

 The internet coined a new nickname Friday for Chris Christie after his recent visit to Ukraine: White Lizzo.

The former Republican New Jersey governor turned 2024 presidential hopeful was given the moniker after a surprise meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “to evaluate the effectiveness the U.S. military aid that country has received” in Kiev, The Root reported.

During the visit, Christie attended a flower laying service for Ukrainian soldiers killed by Russian forces, according to NBC News. The circulation of these photos on social media is where the “White Lizzo” nickname made its debut.  

Twitter users had a field day with an image of Christie wielding yellow and blue flowers at the service and collectively suggested the Ukrainian president has the candidate Christie under his thumb.

While Christie was overseas, the Republican candidate assured reporters he is an advocate of the U.S. government sending more aid to Ukraine.  

“I am an advocate for there being more aid to Ukraine,” Christie affirmed, according to the pool report, per NBC.

Christie added he hoped the financial aid from the states would work toward Ukraine beating the Russian military and end the ongoing conflict.

Other GOP presidential candidates in favor of the continuing flow of aid include former Vice President Mike Pence as well as former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.  

Since the war began, the Biden administration, along with Congress, has allocated $75 billion to Ukraine, according to data published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

“It’s very important that the U.S. is on the right side,” Zelenskyy emphasized to Christie.

It is unclear exactly who first coined the term “White Lizzo.”

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