Heavy duty

Senator Claire McCaskill calls for Trump to be weighed in public — every day

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in action on Capitol Hill. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In the wake of the fallout from Hillary Clinton’s surprise attack on Donald Trump, in which she illuminated the nation to Trump’s body-shaming of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado 20 years ago, some Democratic U.S. senators are proposing a clever idea: daily public Trump weigh-ins.

The idea surfaced on Twitter when Claire McCaskill of Missouri posted a message on Twitter saying, “The D women Senators have talked & we’re concerned about Donald’s weight. Campaign stress? We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.”

Medical records released by the Trump campaign showed that he is 6 feet 3 inches tall and and tips the scales at 236 pounds — a weight that, for his height, is considered overweight. Hardly the svelte figure Trump demands of the women he crosses paths with. Many on Twitter were amused by McCaskill’s idea.

In related news, Trump tried a new strategy in his failing damage control effort during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night where he said of Machado, “I saved her job.” He continued, adding that pageant officials wanted to fire the beauty queen, but he offered another plan. “She had a lot of difficulties and you know, they wanted to fire her. The company itself wanted to fire her. I said don’t do that. Let her try and lose the weight.”

Meanwhile, another contestant from the 1996 pageant came forward and said she was body-shamed by Trump that year. Jodie Seal, who competed as Miss Australia during the 1996 event, said Trump called herself and other pageant competitors “some pretty horrible names.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post and Variety.

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