During & Post-Debate, Donald Trump Shows His Fat-Shaming Problem (and Sexism Problem, and Racism Problem)

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There seems to be a running theme in the Drumpf Presidential campaign. No, I’m not talking about the sexism (though there’s plenty of that), or the racism (ditto). I’m talking about the incessant, almost compulsive fat-shaming. He just can’t seem to help himself. It seems that Donald Drumpf is the one with a weight problem, and last night’s debate showed just how deep it goes.

It all started when Hillary Clinton brought up Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado in order to illustrate Drumpf’s sexism in all its glory. Back when Machado won the title, Drumpf owned the Miss Universe pageant (he does love them ladies who parade around in swimsuits and say very little), and he reportedly referred to her as “Miss Piggy,” among other things. According to The Slot, Drumpf called into Fox and Friends this morning, and when they asked him about whether Hillary got “under his skin” at all during the debate, he cited her bringing up Machado as the only time that was the case, saying:

She was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem. We had a real problem—Not only that, her attitude. And we had a real problem with her. So Hillary went back into the years, and she found this this was years ago, and found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa, and it wasn’t quite that way, but that’s okay.

So…he didn’t deny calling her names because she was fat, he’s just saying that it was her fault that he did it because she was fat, and that’s a “real problem.” Oh, I see now.

As Clinton made the link between what he said about Machado and his general callousness and sexism toward women, Drumpf attempted to defend himself by deflecting from Machado…and focusing on another instance of sexist fat-shaming toward a woman who “deserves it.” In a separate article, The Slot reported on Drumpf bringing up making similar comments to Rosie O’Donnell, saying, “Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her and I think everyone would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.” Of course, he clarified that O’Donnell is “Someone who has been very vicious to me.”

Because we are children, and call people names when they don’t support us. Because not supporting someone’s ideas or rhetoric is “vicious,” while commenting on someone’s appearance is totally fair game. Especially when that person is a woman.

Of course, it’s not necessarily just women that are targeted by Drumpf’s fat-shaming. As reported by The Washington Post, when asked about cyber security he (after continually referring to something as “the cyber”) responded to questions regarding the hack of the Democratic National Committee, he said, “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, okay?”

Did you see that! It wasn’t specifically about a woman! That particular bit of fat-shaming wasn’t sexist! He said “someone!” Which could be anyone!

Then again, as he talks about how good his youngest son is at computers (“He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very tough and maybe it’s hardly doable.”), one can imagine that Drumpf doesn’t necessarily picture a woman when he pictures a hacker, because he doesn’t actually believe women are smart enough for such things. So…it’s still sexist, just in a roundabout way.

At least he’s true to form.

Oh, and by the way, one of the other things he called Alicia Machado other than Miss Piggy? Miss Housekeeping. Because she’s Latina.

So, if you’re an undecided voter, and showcasing his rampant racism and sexism doesn’t convince you to do everything in your power to ensure Drumpf doesn’t become President, maybe the fact that his most frequent insults no matter what the person’s gender consist of fat jokes will. After all, there are plenty of fat people in the United States. And you, along with Machado, who recently became an American citizen, will be able to stop this man who seems to see fat people as the lowest of the low from winning the White House come November.

But seriously, though. The sexism and racism should’ve already helped you decide. Seriously.

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