Donald Trump is no stranger to insulting people at his political rallies, but even he doesn’t normally go for his own supporters.
The US president fat-shamed one of his fans during a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Thursday.
Hearing a protester interrupt behind him and thinking the victim was responsible, Mr Trump turned his head and singled him out, saying: “That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home. Start exercising.
“Get him out of here please. Got a bigger problem than I do.
“Got a bigger problem than all of us. Now he goes home and his mom says: ‘What the hell have you just done?'”
The man Mr Trump targeted, supporter Frank Dawson, was actually escorting the protesters out of the SNHU Arena in Manchester.
A senior Trump administration official confirmed that the president called the man from Air Force One after the rally, leaving a message for him.
One of his campaign aides reportedly got the man’s name and contact information.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, quoting a White house official, indicated Mr Trump said on the voicemail that he was the president, and that he had intended to fat-shame someone else.
After the rally Mr Dawson, who was pictured cheering wildly at the event, said there were no hard feelings on his part.
“Everything’s good, I love the guy. He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country,” he told Fox News.
Mr Dawson said the president “didn’t see me rip the signs away from” protesters seated nearby.
“It wasn’t going to happen beside me because I’m trying to listen to my president,” he added.
Mr Trump heckling protesters at his rallies has become a common theme of his election campaigning.
At one rally in 2016, he mocked a protester for wearing a turban – and at another, he said one protester was so young he was “still wearing diapers”.
He also said he’d like to punch a protester in the face, adding that “in the old days” protesters would be “carried out on stretchers”.
More recently, at a 2018 rally, he questioned whether a protester he spotted was a man or a woman.
Source: SKY NEWS