Sexist Editor Says Hillary Clinton Is Too Fat To Run For President

As if the guys who mocked Hillary Clinton recently for going sans make-up wasn’t ridiculous, insulting and sexist enough, now another reporter claims that she’s fat and out of shape and, therefore, shouldn’t run for president. Apparently a person’s weight is at the top of voters’ priority lists and Hillary should head straight to the gym.

The asshole responsible for this latest ambush is Ed Klein–the same guy who wrote The Truth About Hillary which pries into Clinton’s personal i.e., none-of-our-frickin-business) life. So it’s really no surprise that he’s on the anti-Hillary campaign trail again. But to attack her because of her weight is reaching a new low.

Here’s what Klein told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade:

At this very moment that we’re speaking right now, Brian, [the Clintons] are already thinking seriously about running in 2016.  She’ll be 69 years old. And as you know — and I don’t want to sound anti-feminist here — but she’s not looking good these days. She’s looking overweight, and she’s looking very tired.

He went on to say that Hillary needs to get her fat ass in shape if she wants to run for president:

I think she’s going to take some time off, get back into shape. And if her health holds out– that’s a big if, of course — if her health holds out, there’s no question in my mind she and Bill — two for the price of one — will run in 2016.

Her health? Don’t pretend to be concerned about her health here, Mr. Klein. It’s obvious that you’re a Hillary-hater who will take stabs wherever and whenever you can get them. I suppose you also thought she looked hideous when she “forgot” her make-up.

Newsflash: Women are not put on this earth to look good. We are here for the same reason that any man is, and that means living out our life’s purpose. For Hillary, that obviously includes making a difference in the world via politics–something she has proven time and time again that she is more than capable of doing (even with a possible few extra pounds).

But regardless of whether she has put on weight, and regardless of whether she’s tired or out of shape, I think we all know that’s not the point. Statements like Klein’s are just a reflection of a bigger problem in our society these days: We judge women harshly based simply on the way they look. It’s a sad state of affairs. We are obsessed with unrealistic, imperfect body ideals, and too many people are quick to mock a woman who is imperfect with flaws. That includes all of us!

It’s a very damaging and dangerous message to start sending about anyone, particularly female politicians where looks and weight should have absolutely nothing to do with their role. People don’t have to agree with a politician’s views or actions, but to criticize her based on her appearance is just insulting. It reeks of the declining state of the media’s ability to report on issues that are truly important. And it just makes this guy look like an anti-feminist ass.

Power to Hillary, no matter what her body or face looks like.

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    • Michelle

      Just playing devils advocate here, but isn’t that exactly what other media outlets were claiming about Chris Christie? He was too fat to run for president? Not exactly sexist if both sides get the same judgmental bs.

      • Eileen

        I was just going to say that! I’ve seen an awful lot of appalling anti-Christie ads that seem to say, “Don’t vote for Chris Christie because he’s fat!”

        Of course, Chris Christie actually is quite overweight, whereas Hillary Clinton’s clearly just put on a few pounds, which is natural at her age. And women are judged way more harshly on their appearance. She’s definitely the victim of sexism an awful lot of the time. But fat-shaming knows no sex.

    • Michelle (Eggface)

      67% of Americans are overweight or obese so that will rule out A LOT of potential candidates. A person’s weight provides no indication of an individual’s character, credentials, talents, leadership or contributions to society so it shouldn’t equate success but sadly there is bias, stigma, misinformation, discrimination in the world against anyone that does not fit societies “norm.” I have been both morbidly obese and normal weight and have felt that difference in treatment first hand. My before & current pic: http://www.theworldaccordingtoeggface.com

    • dnoelle

      There is a difference between morbidly obese and slightly overweight.

    • Jennifer

      I completely agree that women should not be judged by their appearance or weight. Unfortunately, it is a sad reality, it’s the way it’s always been. The perception of an “ideal” woman has changed, ours is regrettably an unrealistic, photoshopped, thin, beautiful, perfect woman. Whether we like it or not, appearance does play a large role on how someone, both men and women, are perceived. Women are definitely under more scrutiny than men though. She is in the public eye and meets with world leaders. First impressions are important, that includes appearance.

    • L

      ugh it really pisses me off when YOU guys go ahead and take a quote completely out of context and then i waste my time reading the damn article. all he’s saying is that a. she’s getting old and b. she’s not looking very healthy. do these things make you an attractive candidate for the presidency? i dont know. i mean, honestly, i dont want my president to die on me…. and it’s kind of a stressful job (i imagine) so i can see what he’s saying there. (i mean can we look back at john mccain in 2008? that old fuck looked like he had one foot in the grave and one in the alzheimers jar)

      also, nowhere did he call her a “fatass,” that was all YOU. he said she was overweight, which uhh SHE IS. not that that demerits her in any way. but frankly, not that i know a thing about her lifestyle (sadly we’re not bff), it wouldn’t kill anyone to put in an extra 20 mins on a treadmill 3 times a week.

    • Lou Hodges

      Can I be the first to comment? I’m the same age as Hillary. Take it from a woman her age, she’s an old has-been. Anybody who thinks this old cat lady is fit to be president, never spent any time visiting their crazy grannie in the local nursing home. The nursing homes are full of these old society hags. Even their own families don’t want them. They dump them in some over-priced assisted living center and visit them on Xmas. Hillary has one foot in the grave, and the other in a bingo game. Get over yourself.