Donald Trump is a divisive character. There are loads of people who love him and what he says, but there are just as many who hate him and disagree completely with his beliefs and policies. But, there’s one thing in particular that most of his opponents dislike, and that is his tendency to make fun of people, in particular fat shaming.
Fat shaming is making fun of someone because of their weight and making them feel bad about themselves. Trump has done this a few times, most notably recently to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado way back when Trump owned the Miss Universe pageant he referred to Alicia Machado as “Miss Piggy” referring to her having put on a little bit of weight and not being as thin as some of the stick figure winners that had gone before her.
It’s not just Alicia Machado who has been fat shamed by trump. He has turned on all sorts of people including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Governor Chris Christie, Rosie O’Donnell, and even his own employees. He doesn’t care who you are, if you don’t fit into his idealistic view of what you should look like, he will call you out on it.
It’s astonishing that these remarks are able to be made in the modern world. Especially by a man who is hardly the prime example of a male body, despite what his doctor might say. Body confidence is something that millions of people, male and female, struggle with and remarks like this can have long reaching effects on people, and voters, across the country.
The President of the United States is a role model. A role model for people across the world and one who has an enormous amount of influence. Is a man who thinks that not looking like a runway model is unacceptable and fat-shames those that don’t reach his high standards really someone you want as a role model for future generations? His words can have an enormous effect on how we treat people and even how people feel about themselves.
A man who fat shames others, whilst himself being slightly overweight, is the very definition of a hypocrite. Is that the sort of man who should be leading the country? A man who has certain opinions but, who doesn’t follow those opinions himself? He has a track record of belittling women, shaming fat people, and generally making fun of people he disagrees with. Fat shaming Alicia Machado because she put on less than 60 pounds in a year, which still only took her to a total of roughly 160 pounds, is horrible. And the whole idea of fat shaming someone is too, but it’s perhaps even worse when it’s being aimed at a relatively healthy individual by a man who eats an enormous amount of KFC and Fillet-O-Fish burgers.