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President Donald Trump has reportedly apologized to a man that he fat-shamed on Thursday night when he called him out at a rally thinking that he was a protester.
The president mocked someone during his rally in New Hampshire on Thursday night, saying that he had a “serious weight problem” and told him to “start exercising” when he believed that he was a protester.
Trump to supporter at rally: "That guy's got a serious weight problem" pic.twitter.com/SGX6aTDMXW— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) August 16, 2019
However, as the Associated Press pointed out, the man was wearing a “Trump 2020” shirt and was shaking his fist in support of the president when Trump called at him.
On Friday morning, CNN reported that the man had received a voicemail apology from the president.
“President Trump called and left a voicemail apologizing to the man he mocked as overweight, a White House official says. He confused him for a protester last night in New Hampshire. ‘That guy’s got a serious weight problem,’ Trump said. ‘Go home. Start exercising.'” CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins tweeted on Friday morning.
President Trump called and left a voicemail apologizing to the man he mocked as overweight, a White House official says. He confused him for a protester last night in New Hampshire. “That guy’s got a serious weight problem,” Trump said. “Go home. Start exercising.”— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 16, 2019
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that the president told him he wasn’t talking about him and meant to fat shame someone else.
Trump told the man it was the president calling, that he wasn’t talking about him when he fat-shamed someone, and thanked him for support, per Trump aides. https://t.co/YcCz0SU3gN— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 16, 2019
However, many people quickly began pointing out that they believed the only reason he was getting an apology was because he was a supporter.
A rare apology from the president, but would he have apologized if the man wasn't a supporter? https://t.co/XKSwruDSBx— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) August 16, 2019
Only because he was a supporter and not a protester https://t.co/8KLCGMOgHX— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) August 16, 2019
It’s okay to body shame someone if they oppose you though. https://t.co/eJjYuFIusL— kim (@4_the_babies) August 16, 2019
Did he apologize to the guy because he was a Trump supporter? https://t.co/lUcEF6LjFF— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 16, 2019
Other people were shocked that Trump apologized at all, given that he isn’t exactly known for apologizing.
But he never apologizes. https://t.co/obQKM3ACAX— Jack Sussek (@JackSussek) August 16, 2019
Wait...what? Trump doesn’t apologize. https://t.co/gnc5jY1qY6— Nancy Estes (@AmBeachy) August 16, 2019
He was forced to do this. Guaranteed. https://t.co/sLjJttQN0c— Lindsey. 🎧 (@Linds_Zolna) August 16, 2019
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).