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.
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.
“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: