Donald Trump

Gratuitous Fat Shaming

We really don’t need this. In Monday’s presidential debate, Donald Trump threw up a little fat shaming, just for the heck of it, in the midst of a conversation about cyber security:

She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia. But I don’t—maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.

This is hardly surprising. Trump is sensitive about the size of his hands. He talks about his opponents being “crazy” or “little.” So fat shaming is pretty consistent with his campaign strategy. #400poundhacker started trending on Twitter immediately. Does that mean it worked for him or made him a joke? Probably a bit of both.

Still, can we hope that this nonsense will dry up and go away?

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September 27, 2016

2 Responses to “Gratuitous Fat Shaming”

  1. September 27, 2016 at 9:45 am, Susan Burke March said:

    oy vey, you can NOT make this sh*t up!

  2. September 27, 2016 at 10:45 am, Stephen Phillips said:

    Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

    Did somebody forget to tell Donald Trump that the majority of voting Americans are now overweight or obese? At last night’s debate about one hundred million Americans of every size and shape clearly heard his derogatory, fat shaming remark.
    Americans, thin and thick alike, will soon express their own judgement and bias on Election Day

    Stephen Phillips
    American Association of Bariatric Counselors