Donald Trump has been known to hold no punches in his fiery statements, regardless of who the target is: Mexicans, women, the LGBTQ community, or overweight people.
This theme of mocking fat people has cropped up throughout his recent debate with Hillary Clinton. When Clinton called him out for referring to women as slobs and pigs, he again pinpointed Rosie O’Donnell, which is exactly what he did during the Republican debates.
In fact, Donald Trump said that the former host of The View deserves all the hate that she got.
“I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers,” he once remarked about O’Donnell 10 years ago.
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 28, 2016
But that’s not the only instance when the billionaire referenced overweight people in the course of the presidential debate last Sept. 26. He also mentioned that “someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” could easily have hacked the server of the Democratic National Committee.
That got quite a reaction from Rick Santorum.
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) September 27, 2016
Of course, that’s wrong on multiple levels, not least of which by perpetuating a seemingly inconsequential — but actually pretty dangerous — connection between undesirable traits and having a body that happens to be fat, said Upworthy.
And then Clinton brought up how Trump bullied former Miss Universe Alicia Machado after he noticed that she gained some weight. The GOP presidential candidate has been unapologetic about his treatment of the contestants while still heading the Miss Universe brand.
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) September 27, 2016
There were also girls who accused him of behaving inappropriately when he’s around them, short of suing him for sexual harassment.
Speaking of Machado, the former Miss Universe again spoke out about Trump’s constant haranguing for her to drop some pounds after winning the crown. Among the invectives he hurled at her were “Miss Piggy” and “eating machine.”
Machado developed an unhealthy body image that led to her suffering from bulimia and anorexia. Five years of intensive therapy and family support allowed her to overcome her self-loathing. In an interview with The Guardian, Machado said that she has moved on from that episode and has a family and career of her own.
“You are more than some weight. You are more than some phase,” she said. “You are more than if you are short or tall, or you are black or you are white, or you are skinny or fat or whatever. Your value is how you can work, how you can feel for the people around you.”
But she also urged American voters to choose wisely because Donald Trump “can’t be a President of the United States of America.”
The Washington Post said that Donald Trump can’t seem to stop mocking overweight people.
Aside from calling O’Donnell a “fat pig” and saying that she has a “fat, ugly face,” the GOP presidential candidate also once commented that Jennifer Lopez has a “fat a**.” When Kim Kardashian got pregnant, Trump remarked that Kanye West’s wife has “gotten a little large.”
This is probably the reason why pundits think that Trump’s problem with overweight women is more deep-seated, considering that he’s sabotaging his own campaign with his incendiary comments.
The Post said that he needs the support of “moderate suburban women” in order to defeat Clinton in the race to the White House, but he continues to alienate them with his ridiculous comments about women’s weight.
Incidentally, Trump was found to be a tad overweight, following a thorough review of his medical records on the Dr. Oz Show last month.
An aide for the billionaire said in a statement published in media outlets that he is “slightly overweight” at 236 pounds, although earlier reports put his weight at around 267 pounds.
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