Anyone remember Jon Corzine? He was a wealthy investment banker who went into politics, spent huge sums of his own money and got elected U.S. senator and then governor of New Jersey. But in 2009, facing a challenge from Republican Chris Christie, he decided to make an issue of his opponent’s weight.
His campaign, reported The New York Times, ran ads showing Christie “stepping out of an SUV in extreme slow motion, his extra girth moving, just as slowly, in several different directions at once” while a narrator said Christie “threw his weight around” to get out of traffic tickets.
It was as funny as a heart attack, and it embarrassed Christie. He declined to reveal his weight to a reporter who asked and said with uncharacteristic humility, “It’s one of the more difficult things I’ve had to deal with in my life.”
It’s bad enough for a trim politician to mock the overweight, but this line of attack is even riskier for a candidate of corpulence. Donald Trump, who weighs 236 pounds and claims to be 6’3″, qualifies as overweight, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
His condition does not make him sympathetic to others with the same problem, writes Steve Chapman.