BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump known as a person obese who he thought was a protester at his rally in New Hampshire, solely to study later he had ridiculed a supporter.
Trump had appeared out within the crowd on the Thursday night time rally and noticed Frank Dawson shaking his fist as protesters had been being led out. Dawson was carrying a “Trump 2020” shirt however the president thought he was one of many protesters.
“That man’s obtained a severe weight drawback. Go residence. Begin exercising. Get him out of right here, please,” Trump mentioned.
Then Trump, who his final bodily examination confirmed he had gained weight, added that the person has “obtained a much bigger drawback than I do.”
Afterward Trump came upon Dawson was a supporter and positioned a name to him from Air Drive One on his flight from Manchester again to New Jersey, the place he’s on a working trip at his Bedminster golf membership.
A senior administration official mentioned Trump couldn’t attain Dawson however left a voicemail. He didn’t apologize however as an alternative “thanked him for his assist,” the official mentioned.
Fox Information Channel’s “Fox & Mates” present contacted Dawson, who mentioned he was not upset by Trump’s remark about his weight.
“I feel he thought I used to be a part of it (the protest) however I wasn’t. I used to be the nice a part of it,” he mentioned. “The whole lot’s good. I really like the man. He’s one of the best factor that ever occurred to this nation.”
The Boston Globe mentioned Dawson was a retired U.S. marshal from Woburn, Massachusetts.
Trump has a penchant for flinging insults at his political opponents, an inclination that has not price him assist amongst his die-hard backers however doesn’t assist him with middle-of-the-road voters, who inform pollsters they need he would tone it down.
Reporting By Steve Holland; Modifying by Invoice Trott