John Kerry just publicly mocked Trump’s biggest insecurity

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The announcement that Donald Trump is somehow “healthy” and is somehow, conveniently slightly below the weight that would make him technically obese was met with a mix of laughter and disbelief.

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The term “girther” quickly gained popularity, a reference to the birther conspiracy movement that Trump himself started which claimed that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. The repurposing of the phrase against Trump has a distinct, satisfying irony to it.

A president whose defining trait is mendacity simply isn’t believed when he tells the public that he is not obese despite the obvious visual cues and the fact that he is a vocal fan of McDonald’s.

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry is getting in on the joke now. During a recent speech, he said he’d like to see President Trump’s “girth certificate,” reports The Hill.

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“Despite the pressure he’s under, the White House physician says President Trump is in great shape — a trim 239 pounds. Personally, I just won’t believe him until he produces his long-form girth certificate,” said Kerry.

Kerry has been appearing in the news recently as a possible 2020 candidate. His joke, which was told at the Alfalfa Club in Washington D.C. is being interpreted as some as a  part of a larger effort to insert Kerry’s name back into the public discourse.

For a brief crash course in the Girther conspiracy, watch below:

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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