Fat Shaming is Okay If It’s Trump

Fat Shaming is Okay If It’s Trump

Fat Shaming is Okay If It’s Trump

Nancy Pelosi is a bigot. Oh, I’m sure she would take great offense if anyone told her so. But on Monday night, Pelosi engaged in some fat shaming when she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that President Trump is “morbidly obese.” Moreover, Cooper didn’t point out her body intolerance, so he must be a bigot, too.

It all started when Cooper asked Pelosi if she was concerned that Trump has been taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19. Pelosi responded with some first rate virtue-signaling, by saying that “he’s our president” and he shouldn’t be taking “unapproved” drugs. But she couldn’t help herself: she launched into some snide fat shaming:

“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group — what is it, morbidly obese they say. So I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

She cares so much about President Trump!

The social media cesspool known as Twitter erupted into sophomoric giggles, as Ben Shapiro tweeted.

Twitter users made comments like these:

“Welcome to the girther movement, Nancy Pelosi. We must demand to see Trump’s girth certificate!”

And this:

“Karma is a b*tch. All those years of fat shaming women…well anybody. Including his own daughter. As he would say this is a tremendous and beautiful thing. At the standpoint of irony.”

Even CNN’s S.E. Cupp, the so-called “rational libertarian,” and Jeopardy winner (because she’s so smart) gleefully snarked like a 12-year-old:

So funny how Trump haters use whataboutism to approve of Pelosi’s fat shaming. But that’s what happens when TDS oozes through every pore of your body.

First, let’s answer the question of Trump’s physique. Is he “morbidly obese”? Eh, no. Even CNN notes that from his February, 2019, physical exam, Trump’s body mass index, or BMI, was 30.4. That number just tips into the “obese” category of 30. However, the CDC — the same group that progressives slavishly follow for COVID-19 advice — doesn’t even use the term “morbidly obese” anyway. Not only that, but Trump is “77 pounds away” from being morbidly obese — and that’s from Trump-hating CNN. Obviously Nancy didn’t bother to check her facts before she flapped her gums (and dentures) on Anderson Cooper’s program.

Yet who tells us that we shouldn’t make fun of fat people? Yes, our mothers probably told us it wasn’t nice, but social justice warriors will try to cancel you if you go ridicule the overweight. And you’re probably a “racist,” too.

After all, researchers tell us that overweight children face ridicule early in life, and that “fat prejudice” is hard to overcome. They add that fat people are more prone to anxiety and depression, too. Not only that, but fat shaming particularly affects women, they tell us. Yet Americans — like it or not — still worship thin and mock the overweight.

We even ridicule fat animals. Admit it, you laughed at this.

fat shaming

Credit: tenor.com.

Yet it’s okay to laugh at Donald Trump being a bit porky. Because. . . OrangeManBad, so he deserves it. And he’s Republican, too.

But let’s take other political figures, like Stacey Abrams, who’s not exactly a petite flower. A writer at the Daily Kos says she is “making history,” so can we stop “fat shaming” now? However, in 2009, when the obese Chris Christie was running for governor of NJ, Newsweek wondered if he was “too fat to be the next governor.” (Christie underwent bariatric surgery in 2013.)

Funny how social media, and even the mainstream sort, see fat shaming of women — especially Democratic women — as intolerable. Yet snickering at the weight of Republicans is perfectly acceptable. It’s obvious that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t give a rat’s patoot about Donald Trump’s health when taking hydroxychloroquine. She’s merely using it as an opportunity to snicker at the President, inviting her social media toadies to giggle along with her. Trump is morbidly obese! Tee hee!

The really funny aspect about this, though, is that Trump remained silent on Nancy’s jab, especially considering his Twitter penchant. But he did tweet that Pelosi’s beloved San Francisco will receive over $700M in federal funds at the SF airport and in city transportation. While Nancy fat-shames the President, he comes through with bucks for her city.


Featured image: Mitchell Haindfield/flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • GWB says:

    he shouldn’t be taking unapproved drugs
    Except that they are APPROVED drugs.

    morbidly obese
    Does she know what that term means, has it been officially used of Trump (by a doctor who actually knows his height and weight), and does she know how abused the term is, and how its basis in BMI makes it thoroughly useless as a medical term?

    Trump’s body mass index, or BMI, was 30.4.
    Ah, and there’s my answer. He is NOT “morbidly obese”.

    Because. . .
    Well, *I* can because I can mock anyone I want for any reason I want. If I put it out in public, then I should be prepared to be mocked myself. Some people that doesn’t seem to bother….

    Our entire game of politics has degenerated to mean girls in middle school, combined with an overweening fascination with a technocratic dictatorship. I’m beginning to believe we may have to kill the patient to save it.

  • Ima Idgit says:

    Earlier when Trump was promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, I read several articles about lupus patients having difficulty gettting their hycroxycholoquine medications because people were using it in trying to prevent Covid-19. According to the articles I read, this included doctors who were using it for themselves. I don’t know how widespread these shortages were, but according to lupus patients quoted in these articels there were definitely shortages in some areas. I see that recently a congressman from Kansas, M.D. Roger Marshall, said that he, his wife, and his siblings are using hydroxychloroquine as a preventitive against Covid-19. I have to wonder if it’s Marshall who is getting the hydroxychloroquine for himself, his wife, and his siblings. It seems the jury is still out on the effectiveness of hydroxychloquine for prevention and/or treatment of Covid-19. Did either Trump or Rep. Marshall consider that their promotion of hydroxycholoquine could lead to shortages of it for people who depend on it such as lupus patients? This was the main reaction I had to Trump and Marshall promoting its use when there were at least some shortages before due to Trump’s promotion of it. I hope these shortages don’t happen again.

    As to Nancy Pelosi calling Trump “mobidly obese,” at this point it’s a very minor point. I figured he wasn’t morbidly obese but instead just obese, so it’s with great relief that I see that Kim has delved into the science of obesity and let us know that Trump is just obese. Considering all the trolling, insults and name calling that Trump engages in, calling him “morbidly obese” doesn’t seem like much. And of course ,Pelosi was trying to get a rise out of Trump because Trump has shown again and again that he’s prone to flying off the handle. Would i have preferred that Pelosi hadn’t made this comment? Yes. Do I think it’s important in the context of everything else that has been going on? No.

    I think there has always been somewhat of a double standard when it comes to “fat-shaming” men and women. Is it fair? No, but that seems to be the way it is. I’ve noticed that this seems to be the case among both Democrats and Republicans. Kim wrote, “Yet Americans – like it or not – still worship thin and mock the overweight.” If this is so, I imagine it’s a minority of adults Americans that “worship thin and mock the overweight” because around 70% of adults Americans are overweight or obese unless a large portion of overweight and obese people in the U.S. also engage in fat shaming.

    Oh, by the way, I didn’t find the clip of the obese animals funny. I just looked at it and didn’t have a reaction. According to Kim I should admit that I found it funny. Does this mean there’s something wrong with me. Could it mean I’m suffering from GIF, video clip. meme, etc., fatigue?

    Again, it’s a great relief to know that Trump is simply obese and not mobidly obese. Thanks for the cracker jack ace investigative jounalism!

  • HarvardR says:

    “Does this mean there’s something wrong with me.”

    Pretty much.

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