Making Fun On The Disabled: Who’s The Fittest Of Us All?

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Sixty-five years ago, Robert Welch, a lawyer for the U.S. Army, finally brought down the infamous red-baiter, Senator Joseph McCarthy, with this simple question: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” One might ask President Donald Trump the same question.

Our president has absolutely no problem making fun of the disabled, women, Moslems, Mexicans, and of pretty much everyone else who is not a white American male. But at his Manchester, New Hampshire campaign rally last week, he even managed to cross that line. Indeed, he actually appeared to be shaming himself.

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He thought he saw a very overweight white man ripping cardboard signs in the balcony, and mistakenly took him for an anti-Trump demonstrator. So, he did what he so often does, this time mocking the man’s obesity.

“Go home, start exercising. That guy’s got a serious weight problem. He’s got a bigger problem than I do.”

This, from an obese 243-pounder, who subsists almost entirely on Big Macs, Fillet-O-Fish sandwiches, French fries, Kentucky Fried Chicken, steak, meatloaf, and pizza (without the crust).  And our president’s only apparent exercise is climbing into an out of golf carts.

It’s understandable – although reprehensible – that people with disabilities are often disparaged by others fortunate enough to not be disabled. Trump has long made it OK to mock a vast range of our fellow citizens because they do not meet his own lofty standards.

But now he has apparently mocked himself. And as he did this, he was evidently quite aware of his own slovenly appearance.

Was his anger at this perceived enemy so overwhelming that he could not control himself? Perhaps his pals at Fox and Friends can help him explain away this seeming inconsistency.

About the Author

Steve Slavin
Steve Slavin has a Ph.D. in economics from NYU, and has written twenty math and economics books, including “The Great American Economy: How Inefficiency Broke It, and What We Can Do to Fix it.” The 12th edition of his introductory economics text came out in September.