For anyone familiar with Trump’s rhetoric, it’s clear he misunderstood the situation. He regularly taunts protesters at his rallies by telling them to run home to their moms. Trump clearly thought the man escorting the protesters out was a protester himself, not a Trump supporter.
Briefed on his mistake after the rally, Trump called the man and left a message thanking him for his support, according to CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins. But, as Kaitlan noted via Twitter:
“Trump did not apologize, a White House official tells me. He phoned the supporter, left him a message thanking him for his support, but did not use the words ‘sorry’ or ‘apologize.’”
No, of course he didn’t.
Here are the things I find remarkable about all this:
1) We have a President who thinks fat-shaming someone in front of thousands of people is a totally acceptable thing to do
2) The crowd laughed and applauded when Trump made the comment about the man’s weight
3) Trump only decided to reach out to the man when informed he was a supporter
4) The White House went out of its way to make clear that Trump did not apologize to the man
Boy oh boy. What a commentary on this moment in time in American politics and culture.