The New York Post reported that leaked emails showed members of the Democratic National Convention staff making fun of Rep. Jerry Nadler’s weight. The emails were sent in May when Nadler’s team requested to attend a fundraiser for President Obama in June.
In the emails, which discussed whether Nadler should attend the event, Zach Allen reportedly made a comment about how Nadler was “NOT little.” Jordan Kaplan, who was the DNC finance director at the time, then said he thought Nadler had gotten a tummy tuck. Allen made reference to Chris Christie in replying, “He did, but like Christie it all came back.”
Chris Christie is no stranger to weight criticism, and now Jerry Nadler is facing the same type of bullying. Whether it be public criticism, or supposedly private criticism like in these emails, comments about a politician’s weight are just as disgusting and wrong as comments about anyone’s weight. Weight should never be a topic of discussion when deciding whether or not a politician such as Nadler is invited to a fundraiser.
This immature, childish criticism and bullying of Jerry Nadler perpetuates the idea that it is ok to judge or define a person by their weight. Nadler, a successful politician and known supporter of President Obama, wanted to attend a fundraiser for the president who he supports. No one should care about his “tummy.” His body is his business. Body size or shape is not relevant in determining whether a politician should be invited to an event.
Body shaming is wrong, no matter who it is. Do better, guys.