October 1, 2016

WHEN GOOSE MEETS GANDER:

Fat-Shamer in Chief (Timothy Egan, SEPT. 30, 2016, NY Times)

With little more than a month to go until the election, the fact that Donald Trump now finds himself in a very public fight with a beauty queen tells you everything you need to know about the sick soul of this man.

So, in the spirit of the discourse that Trump has brought us to, let's objectify the Republican nominee on his terms. This guy is fat. Bigly. He's got an extra chin, a gut you wouldn't want to see riding above a bathing suit, and a rear that serves no purpose but ballast.

At 6-foot-2, the height that he has long given profile writers, Trump weighs 236 pounds, he told Dr. Oz. Not quite Taftian -- he ballooned to 354 pounds by his inauguration in 1909 -- but not healthy, either. By government guidelines, Trump is obese. In a weasel move to avoid that classification, Trump now says he is 6-foot-3, which makes him merely overweight. How he grew an inch, at the age of 70, is a story that has escaped his hagiographers at Fox.

Trump's ducktail hairdo, colored in a hue unknown to nature, is a complicated comb-over inspired by Dr. Seuss. He wears a silly cap at outdoor rallies to keep the nest in place. It makes him look like "the warm-up guy," Garrison Keillor wrote, "the guy who announces the license number of the car left in the parking lot, doors locked, lights on, motor running."

His fingers, as Spy magazine first noted decades ago, are unusually short. At 7.25 inches from the tip of his middle finger to the wrist (according to sleuthing by investigative reporters), Trump's hands are smaller than 85 percent of American men. No surprise he lies about that as well. "Look at these hands," he said during a debate earlier this year, holding the dwarf-size digits up for all to see. "Are they small hands?"

I bring all this up because Trump brings it up -- constantly. For someone who is fat, short-fingered and strange-looking, he is obsessed with looks.




Posted by at October 1, 2016 8:42 AM

  

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