Chelsea Clinton Comes to Defense of Fat-Shamed Sean Spicer
Steve Bannon told The Atlantic that the White House press secretary has been doing more briefings off-camera because he "got fatter."
No one is immune to being fat-shamed — not even White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer has been holding press briefings off-camera lately, and according to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, it's because of Spicer's weight gain. According to a text message sent to The Atlantic, Bannon wrote, "Sean got fatter," as the only explanation as to why there have been changes to the briefings.
That response didn't sit well with Chelsea Clinton, who took to Twitter to call out Bannon for fat-shaming his colleague.
"The White House using fat shaming to justify increased opacity. 2017," wrote the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton.
The White House using fat shaming to justify increased opacity. 2017. https://t.co/pWqupoAOXu— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 20, 2017
Breitbart News White House correspondent Charlie Spiering responded back to Clinton, saying, "It's a joke people." Clinton didn't think it was funny though, writing back, "Oh ok. So using fat shaming to avoid answering questions about increasing opacity. Got it. 2017." In another tweet, she added, "Fat shaming isn't a joke I find funny. Ever."
Oh ok. So using fat shaming to avoid answering questions about increasing opacity. Got it. 2017. https://t.co/RbUSc6ipZS— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 20, 2017
Spicer has been critiqued for his image in the past; Axios reported earlier this year that “[President Donald] Trump hasn't been impressed with how his new press secretary Sean Spicer dresses," and that the president allegedly asked an aide, "Doesn't the guy own a dark suit?" Trump's comments likely led Spicer to transform his look, making himself more presentable at the podium.
Apparently Trump has also gained weight since taking office, reports CNN.