Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn dissected mainstream media questions about President Donald Trump’s health, in particular, his diet and use of a golf cart at some events.
Steyn argued those questions were motivated by what he called Trump’s “cultural offensiveness” to those in the media because Trump was on the opposite side of the cultural divide.
Partial transcript as follows:
CARLSON: Is this, I mean, given everything that’s going on, is this a legitimate critique do you think of the Trump presidency that he has no visible apps and to higher percentage of body fat?
STEYN: Well, I think it represents his cultural offensiveness to his opponents. You recall that at one point when he was on the stump in Iowa, I think it was, Barack Obama said to his audience, have you seen what the price of arugula is today. As you know Barack Obama —
CARLSON: Did that really happen? Okay.
STEYN: That did really happen. He was in that sense the first arugula and American to be elected president. And he had advised his people around him, if they wanted a burger that they should take the salad. Now, I regard this idea of presidents ostentatiously jogging and working out as rather preposterous. I never saw a Winston Churchill jogging and it didn’t seem to affect his performance.
And if you recall when Barack Obama was in Warsaw, he was surreptitiously filmed in the gym, supposedly bench pressing, and in fact he was lifting a dainty little pound and a half weight in a rather and groaning as he was doing it, lifting this oh, pound in the quarter wait, I’ll try to see if I can go at it. Oh, I can’t do it with the pound in a half weights. I would much rather Trump, who is a man at ease with himself, and demonstrated on the stump that he had incredible energy.
I mean, we all know Hillary Clinton lost because in the last two months of the campaign she hardly campaigned. Trump had tremendous energy, he was flying all over the place. He was doing this campaign staffs. This is a cultural issue. They want to force Trump into eating arugula and jogging because he represents, and that sense, the other side of the cultural divide.
CARLSON: I think that’s exactly right. Fast food and three musketeers bars and it is deeply offensive to them.
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