For almost 50 minutes, the White House press corps fat-shamed the president of the U.S. During a press conference about Trump’s health, real reporters asked if Trump ate too much fried chicken. Serious journalists questioned whether Trump could afford to consume those extra scoops of ice cream. Reputable newsmen wondered aloud whether Trump should cut back on the Diet Coke.
No doubt, Trump is a husky one. The 71-year-old executive stands 6’3” and tips the scales at 233 lbs. No one disagrees that he could stand to lose a few pounds — or a few dozen. But after the press conference, it was clear that the yammering journalists were the biggest losers.
After a lengthy discussion about cardiovascular health, Jonathan Karl of ABC interjected: “Can you explain to me how a guy that eats McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken and all those Diet Cokes, and who never exercises, is in as good of shape as you say he’s in?”
“It’s called genetics,” White House physician Ronny Jackson shot back.
Unhappy with that answer and dozens more like it, conspiratorial hypochondriacs on cable news quickly disputed the physician’s report. NBC national security correspondent Ken Dilanian called for Trump to attend a public weigh-in, while CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta asserted, sans actual evidence, that the president was suffering from heart disease.
But even if all the speculation was true, why does any of it matter? We have had fat presidents before, and we have a fat president now. What difference does it make if he is overweight, underweight, or the next star of "My 600-lb Life"? Trump has yet to wedge himself into a White House bathtub, and Trump has yet to display any evidence of being physically unfit for office.
That is clearly a disappointment because the press corps obviously hoped physicians would report worse news. It’s almost like they wanted the president to be sick.