Gutfeld addresses Trump fat-shaming accusation

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld delved into the “hard-hitting journalism” seen in a new book from Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, which claims former President Donald Trump took exception to out-of-shape Secret Service agents.

To help ensure sales, Leonnig included the titillating claim that daughter Tiffany Trump “began spending an unusual amount of time alone with a Secret Service agent on her detail.” Leonnig also claimed Vanessa Trump, the estranged wife of Donald Trump Jr., had an “inappropriately close” relationship with an agent, but the headline was Trump supposedly saying no to “fat guys.”

“I want these fat guys off my detail,” Trump allegedly said, according to an excerpt from the book. “How are they going to protect me and my family if they can’t run down the street?”

In commenting on the assertion, Gutfeld got a brilliant shot in on CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, who makes his living critiquing Fox News.

“If these allegations prove true, not only was President Trump guilty of institutional fat shaming,” Gutfeld said. “He also single-handedly crush the lifelong dreams of a shy, chunky young lad by the name of Brian Stelter.”

(Video: Fox News)

Summing things up well, Gutfeld said, “Once again, someone is trying to sell a book based on a conversation that likely cannot be verified by someone on record. And what happens? Everyone in the press calls for the same source to verify it. That is their confirmation. A misinformation loop.”

What’s more, he said he believes the quote.

“Of course Trump would say he doesn’t want fat guys on his detail, because that’s what we’d all say if we were the president too,” Gutfeld said. “He is us, we are him, he is right. One of the only reasons to be president is the perks. This is not a great job, half the country hates you and you always have to wear a suit and a tie, even to bed. And unless you are a left-wing shill, the media despises you.”

Explaining that having Secret Service is a top priority, Gutfeld joked that a person can do whatever they want as president. “And if anyone comes for you, the Secret Service can shoot them in the face — I think that’s in the Constitution. I didn’t check, but I’m assuming.”

In what surely threw liberals for a loop, Gutfeld suggested “when I become president I don’t want an agent who looks like a coke machine with a head.”

“You need a show of force, not a show of flab,” he quipped. “You want Clint Eastwood, not Clint Howard.”

Gutfled cleverly circled back to an earlier point, that being that Trump is very much like the average person — which explains his appeal to so many,

“This is why Trump was so beloved, he would say what you would say,” he said. “He didn’t lower any bar, he spoke like you do when you are at a bar. Of course, Trump also didn’t want short people there either. So as a member of that community whose height has been historically underrepresented in law enforcement and also on dating shows, should I throw a tantrum? Should I drown myself in a teapot? Or hang myself from a bowling trophy?”

“No, I get it. If you are supposed to take a bullet for the president, it’s kind of unfair if the president is a taller target than you,” Gutfeld continued. “It seems like a thing that should be on the checklist of human shields. Is he in reasonably good shape? Check. Does he own a pair of mirrored sunglasses? Check. Is he taller than Peter Dinklage? Check.”

In addition to being an attention grabbing claim to sell more books, Gutfeld said it’s another attempt “to portray Trump as intolerant claiming he tried to remove staff he deemed to fat or too short.”

“Telling men who are too fat or too short that you didn’t make the cut, that happens all the time. Among women, it’s known as dating,” he joked.

The angry race lady over at MSNBC, Joy Reid, responded to Leonnig’s book to attack the Secret Service agents who showed “blind loyalty” to Trump, likening these agents to the “Trumpists” in the FBI and U.S. military. To hear Leonnig tell the tale, Trump allegedly “politicized” the agency.

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