As if our politics couldn’t get any sillier: there is a new war of ideas brewing of late in the mainstream media and on social media: Who is more obese, the Democrats or the Republicans? Which group of politicians should be barred from the snack machines on Capitol Hill?
This all started a few weeks ago, when Nancy Pelosi referred to President Trump as “morbidly obese”. A backlash followed, as some Trump fans on social media asserted that the president is rather svelte.
I’m no fan of Nancy Pelosi. But even a stopped clock is right twice per day. And even the most fanatical MAGA-head would have to acknowledge that President Trump could stand to lose a few pounds. He has the most stressful job in the world, and he’s going to celebrate his 74th birthday in a matter of weeks.
I’ll go ahead and say it: President Trump could use a low-carb diet regimen and a Peloton subscription.
Gravity is gravity, whatever one’s politics.
And obese is obese.
Then things got even sillier.
The mainstream media has been trying to anoint Stacey Abrams as the next Democratic vice presidential candidate for at least two months now. Gushing portrayals of her have appeared in several newspapers and online media outlets.
The Washington Post outdid them all the other day, by describing Stacey Abrams as a “supermodel”. This was accompanied by a bombastic photo essay, which included one shot of Abrams backlit on a fog-shrouded stage.
Stacey Abrams is not a supermodel. This has nothing to do with her politics. I confess to being one of the many Republican males with conflicted feelings about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I detest AOC’s politics. But hey, she’s cute. Sure.
We’re talking about Stacey Abrams here, though, whom the Washington Post called a supermodel (a “runway supermodel”, to be exact).
My naysaying has nothing to do with Abrams’s race, either. If there is one Democratic politician whose politics I detest more than AOC’s, it would be those of Ilhan Omar, who was actually born in Africa. But Ilhan Omar does have the stuff of a supermodel. She’s an objectively attractive woman. Ilhan Omar is also an America-hating, antisemitic Marxist with sympathies for Islamic terrorists. That said, I’m capable of compartmentalizing…especially where attractive women are concerned.
But Stacey Abrams—like President Trump—is obese. Those two should be gym buddies.
There’s no shame in being obese (although it is unhealthy). I’ve been obese myself. I lost 70 lbs one year in high school; and I’ve had to lose major amounts of weight twice in my adult life—once in my twenties, and again in my forties. At least half of my family members and relatives have struggled with obesity. Many of the people whom I love are fat.
But if you’re obese, you’re not a runway supermodel. There’s no shame in not being a runway supermodel, either. Very few people can meet that standard. You’ll certainly never see me in a Calvin Klein ad for men’s underwear.
Why, then, would the Washington Post print something so foolish to begin with?
As I’ve said many times before in this space: If there is any group of people more lamebrained than our politicians nowadays, it would be our mainstream media journalists.
Stacey Abrams is best known for losing the race for the governorship of Georgia in 2018. That year, I’ll remind you, was the year of the anti-Trump “blue wave”. It was a very bad year for Republicans. But the Blue Wave of 2018 didn’t lift Stacey Abrams over the finish line.
Since Stacey Abrams’s record of political accomplishments is so thin, the mainstream media is attempting to create a mini personality cult based on…the glamour of Stacey Abrams? Even in these politically correct and fatuous times, you can’t call an obese political hack a supermodel and get away with it. Not on Twitter, anyway.
Imagine Fox News or Breitbart suggesting that Donald Trump should be named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2020.
Not very convincing, right? Now you know why the Washington Post is being ridiculed so mercilessly on the Internet at the moment.