The Atlantic workers author David Frum disparaged Donald Trump voters in a brand new interview when he stated counties with a “lot of weight problems and drug abuse” voted strongly for the Republican.
“The Republican Social gathering is an aged get together, it’s a celebration of individuals with power well being issues. One of many issues that was true in 2016, in case you discovered a county the place there may be quite a lot of weight problems and drug abuse, that’s the place you had quite a lot of Trump votes,” Frum stated on the “Matt Lewis & The Information” podcast.
“There’s something compensatory, I believe, about this cult of bodily prowess, it is individuals who at some stage really feel bodily weak … there are all these weirdly homoerotic fan photos of Trump,” Frum continued. “Trump can’t carry a glass of water, can’t stroll down a ramp, hasn’t executed significant bodily train ever in his life … the concept you’ll make this fetish about him, it says one thing about your doubts and your wants.”
Frum, a distinguished NeverTrumper, declared that America isn’t as bodily wholesome of a rustic accurately and largely blamed the GOP for the issue.
“The Republican Social gathering, the Trumpy fringes, have particular issues with private bodily well being,” he stated. “What I all the time say to them, ‘Cease worshiping these individuals, go for a stroll. Go for a stroll and cease consuming the fried meals, OK? Go for a stroll and order the salmon.’”
The frequent MSNBC visitor’s generalization prompted criticism, with one Nationwide Overview author calling him the type of “shock jock” he claimed to dislike on the proper.
Fellow Atlantic contributor Tom Nichols defended his colleague, saying it could make Trump supporters indignant however he was proper. Maps showed counties with the very best charges of opioid abuse had been extra more likely to vote for Trump than Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump supporters have lengthy been painted in a destructive gentle by the left, with probably the most notorious instance being when Hillary Clinton referred to them as “deplorables” in 2016.
“You already know, to simply be grossly generalistic, you might put half of Trump’s supporters into what I name the basket of deplorables. Proper?” Clinton stated at a fundraiser. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you title it. And sadly there are individuals like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Frum was energetic in Republican politics for a lot of his profession and served as a speechwriter and particular assistant to President George W. Bush however has develop into considered one of quite a few former Republicans or GOP allies to take a hard-left flip within the Trump period. He wrote the 2018 e-book, “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic.”