Pelosi mocks Trump's 'big frame', asks if he has 'ounce of decency' after POTUS slams Obama's John Lewis eulogy
Pelosi weighed in on Trump's comments claiming that he had done far more for minorities during his time at the office than his predecessor
Appearing on CNN’s Newsroom on Friday, July 31, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a jab at President Donald Trump’s “big frame,” after she was asked to express her thoughts about the POTUS' rant about former President Barack Obama and his eulogy at civil rights hero John Lewis’s funeral. Although Trump did not personally attend the funeral, he took a dig at Obama's comments while talking to reporters on Friday.
During the interview, Pelosi weighed in on Trump's comments claiming that he had done far more for minorities during his time at the office than his predecessor had ever managed to achieve.
CNN Anchor Brianna Keilar said: “He was also asked about former President Obama’s remarks, his eulogy yesterday, as we talked about at John Lewis’s funeral. And what were clear allegations against President Trump that he’s targeting minorities and attacking voting rights and when he was asked about it, President Trump said, quote, ‘He did a bad job for minorities. I did much more for minorities than he did.’ He said, ‘If you look at the numbers prior to the plague coming in, those numbers will soon be back. You’ll see I did a much better job, by far, than President Obama did for African-American, Asians, for woman, far any group at that you look at. Far better than Obama did.’ What is your reaction to that?”
To this, Pelosi replied: ''I don’t intend to come on these shows and talk about the wandering of and the notion maundering of the president of the United States. He succeeds because all we do is talk about it. So, why are we talking about this? Three presidents praised John Lewis, George Bush, a Republican president, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter. President Jimmy Carter sent a letter of respect. You would think that there would be an ounce in that big frame of decency to say something about the importance of voting in our democracy instead of criticizing somebody else’s eulogy.”
We reported back in May, that Pelosi was cheered on by anti-Trump critics on social media after she called him "morbidly obese" during a TV appearance. But while her words sparked trends like #PresidentPlump on Twitter, several others appeared to condemn what they considered a double standard over "fat-shaming." During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Pelosi told the anchor she was "concerned" about President Donald Trump's health after he revealed he was taking hydroxychloroquine medication regularly as a preventative measure for Covid-19. The Speaker then "diagnosed" the commander-in-chief as "morbidly obese." “I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” Pelosi said.
Trump haters lost no time before jumping on the bandwagon that cheered Pelosi's unveiled jibe at the president. In fact, many simultaneously rushed to justify her words saying it was not an example of "fat-shaming", something many progressives equate to a hate crime. According to Trump's critics, however, "morbid obesity" is a scientific term that was accurately used by the House Speaker and she did not intend it as an insult.
It wasn't long before hashtag #PresidentPlump began trending on Twitter. "Anyone notice they’ve started giving the bully a taste of his own medicine recently? Called him an Imbecile, 'not even pretending to be in charge' and now #morbidlyobese. Gloves are off. I feel more optimistic now," one wrote. "The real boss of the country. #morbidlyobese #trumpmorbidlyobese #TrumpIsJealousOfObama," another added while sharing a gif of Pelosi putting on her sunglasses.
Of course, there were several Trump supporters who noted the hypocrisy, predicting how social media would have cried foul if Trump or a conservative had made similar comments. “So fat-shaming is cool when it’s someone you don’t like,” one wrote, while another observed how “we’d all be banned from Twitter for fat-shaming if we said it about a protected Democrat. But they fat shame an elderly man & it’s YAS QUEEN! SLAY!”