People Attacking Chris Christie Because of His Weight Prove How Shallow They Really Are

chris-christieFirst, let me go on the record as saying I am in no way a Chris Christie fan.  While he might not be a radical right-wing tea party Republican, and I can respect him for not selling out (at least not yet), the fact of the matter is—he’s still a Republican.  

That being said, I’m absolutely appalled at people attacking the man’s weight.

Yes, he’s a bigger guy.  But don’t give me this fake “concern” that his size puts his health at risk, therefore somehow disqualifies him from trying to become President of the United States.

It’s true, obesity can lead to health problems and those health problems could possibly lead to an earlier death.  But you know what?  Fit and healthy Americans drop dead every day.

“Appearance of health” is in no way any indicator of the ability for someone to be President of the United States.

If you had met my old roommate, you would have thought he was the pinnacle of health.  He was about 5’9, 155, six pack, size 32 waist—but he was probably the most unhealthy individual I have ever met.  The guy drank at least 6-8 beers every night, smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, dipped Copenhagen, ate nothing but junk food and fried foods.  Almost nothing he did was healthy.

But if you looked at him, and didn’t know him, you’d probably think he was the epitome of healthy living.

So when I see these disgusting comments directed towards Chris Christie because of his weight, I don’t see concern for his health.  What I see is a continued problem in this country of weight discrimination.

Chris Christie is overweight, and that bothers some people.  So instead of publicly saying what they feel privately—they mask their disdain for his appearance in some fake “concern” over the status of his health.

Not to mention the fact that Christie has acknowledged he’s overweight and has taken steps to improve his health — including getting lap-band surgery last February.  He’s reportedly already halfway to his goal for total weight loss.  It’s a big step for someone to take, and shows he’s taking things seriously.

If you want to attack Chris Christie, trust me, there are plenty of policies he’s passed and supported that people could use against him all day.  If you want to say he isn’t someone who should be President of the United States, that’s perfectly fine.  Hell, I’d agree with you.

But don’t sit there and tell me that because he’s overweight, somehow that disqualifies him from becoming president.

These attacks are completely disgusting and I’m embarrassed that I’ve seen many so-called “enlightened liberals” being the ones to use such deplorable tactics.

If people want to attack Governor Christie, go right ahead — I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say against the man in the coming months myself.  However, those perpetuating this idea that his weight somehow should preclude him from being taken seriously as a presidential candidate should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Reginald Bronner

    Remember William Howard Taft? He was elected and had a bigger girth than Christie. Be warned.

    • Matthew Reece

      I seem to remember reading that Taft once got stuck in the White House bathtub and needed help to be removed.

      • glt777

        And Shrub was once almost assassinated by Mr. Salty.

    • strayaway

      Trivia: Taft weighed in at as much as 314#. Other places claim he weighed more. Cleveland weighed 250#.

      James Madison was the shortest and lightest president at 5 feet, 4 inches and about 100 pounds.

      Reagan was the oldest first time President. If elected, Hillary would be the second oldest elected President.

  • Robert Cook

    The people attacking his weight aren’t just shallow – some just can’t find another angle to get good criticism. I always felt that, when he starts his campaigning to become the GOP nominee, he should publicly announce how he’s going to lose weight, and invite the country to join him. Bring it up every debate, ever appearance, mention how much he’s lost, and how he’s doing it. Tie it into his Facebook and website, giving suggestions and pointers based on what he’s doing.. I think if he did he’d get a ton of support (bad pun maybe?) and it would show him caring about an issue that not many in the GOP seem to talk about – good way to garner support from both sides

  • Alecta

    Attacking Christie for his weight is as despicable as all the Teabag birther racism against President Obama. Low, shallow, petty, Stupid, and a sign the critic isn’t informed enough to find a legitimate criticism.

  • mojones1

    No different than the tea party, and their blind hatred of the current President. The signs they carry calling for putting the “White” in the White House, the verbal attacks on our First Lady, her appearance, her clothes -they are either too expensive or too cheap off the rack. The snarky Facebook posts showing photos of Republican First Ladies with the caption “now this was a “real” First Lady.” Yet we are to believe this wasn’t hatred pure and simple? Attacking anyone for their weight, race, sexual identity, gender etc. is never acceptable behavior from anyone, Progressives or Conservatives!

  • Worley Dervish

    Thank you, Allen Clifton. I get so damned tired of the deluge of weight bigotry on posts about Christie and other larger-than-average politicians. There’s so much of actual substance to criticize them for, and that substance is critically important. The bigotry is a shameful distraction. It helps no one.

  • closetpuritan

    “Appearance of health” is in no way any indicator of the ability for someone to be President of the United States.
    QFT.

  • bloogirl

    This is not in any way different from the way female politicians are portrayed in the press.”Her dress was so…” , ” She appeared with NO makeup !”, “Who dressed her?”. Get over it. you men set the standard for visual judgement of our politicians, after all….And you can’t get much further Left than me, but I’ll give Christie this;He looked the President (who his Party hates for no discernible reason) and said “Thanks for the help, Mr.President.” He showed gratitude and respect when that’s what the people who voted for him most needed him to do.

    • fel121

      (who his Party hates for no discernible reason)
      Really, the reason is plainly clear too me why they hate him…

  • Pal Whatapal

    Sounds like high school.

  • glt777

    OK the fat jokes are a cheap shot. But Christie’s biggest problem isn’t his weight, it’s his loathsome Tony Soprano personality. He can lose weight. He’s never going to become a decent human being.

  • MiMg

    While I hate Christie with a passion, I do NOT approve of my fellow Democrats judging him based on his weight, in fact, they say that had a BIG influence on the NJ voters the FIRST time he was up for office. You see, we are the FATTEST country ON EARTH, it is NOT a good a idea to play politics with weight (and more importantly it’s NOT what a mature, educated, politic, decent human being does anyway)

  • raggedcompany

    I agree with this article. I don’t really have much of an opinion on Christie one way or the other. But if I had something to say against him it would most defintely be based on his actions and the issues and not his appearance. It’s no different than with any other politician.
    I also think people ought to be a little more careful when tossing around sexist remarks, even toward women such as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann (spelling?). There are plenty of ways to criticize them without using sexist slurs.

  • fel121

    This is America; home of the shallow, what did you expect reasoned and thoughtful decision making…