The White House physician announced that Donald Trump weighs 239 pounds. But the internet isn't buying it–sparking the #Girther movement.

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The #Girther movement thinks Trump fabricated his health records

There are a lot of non-believers.


Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Jan 17, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:30 am CDT

White House’s physician Dr. Ronny Jackson announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump weighed 239 pounds during his physical last week—but the internet wasn’t buying it. Now, skeptics have coalesced around a “#girther” hashtag to make their disbelief known.

The main criticism, it seems, is that Jackson announced Trump was 6’3″ and weighed 239 pounds, just one pound shy of the level that would be considered obese.

Using a hashtag that plays off Trump’s infamous “birther” movement—where he falsely claimed that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States—the internet let their theories fly.

One of the biggest voices so far of the #girther movement is James Gunn, the director of both Guardians of the Galaxy films.

On Tuesday night, Gunn offered $100,000 to Trump’s favorite charity if he would “step on an accurate scale with an impartial medical professional” agreed upon by both Gunn and Trump.

Gunn said he did not intend for his offer to be fat shaming, but rather making a push back against “a continuous pattern of fabricating facts by both Trump and his administration.”

Gunn wasn’t alone in questioning the authenticity of Trump’s purported 239-pound weight and 6’3″ height, which is different from what his driver’s license said.

Jackson, the White House physician, said he recommended Trump lose 10 to 15 pounds.

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*First Published: Jan 17, 2018, 8:23 am CST