Last night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) caused a stir when she called President Trump “morbidly obese” while discussing the president’s health with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The president himself sparked the discussion with his Monday afternoon announcement that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative medication for COVID-19 despite there being no evidence that the anti-malarial drug has any effect on the virus.
Nancy Pelosi calls Trump "morbidly obese" pic.twitter.com/NEBc0kqMwC
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) May 19, 2020
What it does do is interfere with a patient’s heart rhythms and can cause severe heart problems in unhealthy patients, which definitely includes President Trump no matter how many letters he writes for his “doctor” claiming that his health is “extraordinary.” This makes his weight very relevant to the national discourse, “morbidly obese” or not.
Our notoriously thin-skinned president addressed the claims this afternoon at his press conference, making it very clear that he was upset by the Speaker’s comments when he tried to act tough and trash Pelosi for being a “sick woman” with a lot of “mental problems.”
“Despite an illegal witch hunt — and that’s what it was, it was a hoax, it was a witch hunt … These people are sick…. she is a sick woman, she’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems. We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country,” said Trump.
Reporter asks about Speaker Pelosi's "morbidly obese" comment.
President Trump: "I don't respond to her. I think she's a waste of time…Pelosi is a sick woman. She's got a lot of problems a lot of mental problems."
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 19, 2020
If one didn’t know better, one might think the President was describing himself! He can be mad at the House Speaker all he wants, but if he’s going to continue to push potentially harmful pseudoscience, he’d better be ready for the responses that follow.