A few years back, Donald Trump’s weight was in the news when then White House doctor Ronny Jackson claimed that the results of the 45th president’s physical showed he weighed 239 pounds, a stat many people were skeptical of (in addition to the claims by Jackson that Trump had “incredibly good genes” and that there was a scenario in which the doctor could have seen him living to be “200 years old”). Now the ex-president’s weight is once again in the spotlight because, according to him, he’s been advised to slim down—by none other than celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.
Per a video posted by the anonymously run Twitter account PatriotTakes, Trump told supporters that the TV doctor, whom he endorsed over the weekend in the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary, recommended he lose weight. During remarks in which he was, for unclear reasons, talking about “women weight lifters,” Trump asked the crowd: “Can you believe I weigh 208? Now maybe a little more. Dr. Oz has said, ‘You should lose weight.’ I said, ‘I don’t have time to lose weight.’” In his endorsement of Oz on Saturday, Trump wrote in a statement, “He even said that I was in extraordinary health, which made me like him even more (although he also said I should lose a couple of pounds!).”
For most of his life, Trump famously had a terrible diet, with a preference for Big Macs, meatloaf, and KFC; incidentally, Dr. Jackson once said White House staff had to sneak vegetables into his food. The 45th president has also expressed some extremely unorthodox views on exercising, like that the human body has a finite amount of energy, which physical exertion can only deplete. (“You are going to die young because of this,” he reportedly once told an employee training for an Ironman race.)
In now seemingly related news, Trump told The Washington Post earlier this month that his health would play a factor in his decision to run again in 2024. “You always have to talk about health. You look like you’re in good health, but tomorrow, you get a letter from a doctor saying come see me again. That’s not good when they use the word again,” he said.
Stephen Miller’s January 6 committee interview goes exactly as expected
If you expected the right-wing purveyor of evil to simultaneously insist that the 2020 election was stolen and that Trump had nothing to do with the violence that went down at the Capitol. Per The New York Times:
Among the most contentious exchanges were over a draft of the speech Mr. Trump delivered that morning at a so-called Stop the Steal rally near the White House…. Mr. Trump repeatedly used the word “we” in his remarks that day. “We will not take it anymore, and that’s what this is all about,” Mr. Trump said. “And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with: We will stop the steal.”
Mr. Miller rebutted the implication that the word “we” indicated that Mr. Trump was trying to incite the crowd to action, one of the people said, arguing that it has been used in political speech for decades, including by President John F. Kennedy in reference to the moon landing. Another point of contention with Mr. Miller was Mr. Trump’s false claims of widespread ballot fraud. Mr. Miller, the people familiar with his appearance said, argued that the election had been stolen, claiming that there were several examples of fraud.