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Discussion on CNN’s ‘The Lead’ Highlights Sensitivity to Body-Shaming Language in Political Discourse

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During a segment on CNN’s “The Lead,” Republican strategist Kevin Madden sparked a light rebuke from host Jake Tapper and fellow guest Ashley Allison for his comment on former President Donald Trump’s eating habits.

The discussion stemmed from a detail in Liz Cheney’s memoir, where she confronted Rep. Kevin McCarthy about his visit to Trump at Mar-a-Lago shortly after the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. McCarthy expressed concern, noting that Trump wasn’t eating.

Tapper, addressing this revelation, referred to Trump as a man with “healthy appetites,” clarifying that he didn’t intend any disparagement. Later in the show, Tapper engaged in a conversation with GOP strategist Kevin Madden and Democratic strategist Ashley Allison, both CNN commentators.

Madden commented on McCarthy’s statement about Trump not eating, suggesting it might be a rationalization for supporting him. Expressing surprise, Tapper questioned the Republican Party’s embrace of someone who refuses to accept election results. In response, Madden made a remark about Trump’s appearance, stating, “He doesn’t look like he wasn’t eating.”

Ashley Allison interjected, emphasizing, “No body-shaming,” a sentiment Tapper echoed, highlighting their collective stance against body-shaming.

This exchange on CNN underscored the sensitivity surrounding discussions about a person’s appearance and the importance of avoiding body-shaming language, even in a political context.

“THEY’RE RATIONALIZING THEIR SUPPORT FOR TRUMP,” MADDEN SAID OF MCCARTHY’S “NOT EATING” LINE.

“CAN I JUST SAY THAT IF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WANTS SOMEBODY WHO IS NOT EATING BECAUSE HE CAN’T ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF AN ELECTION – LIKE, THIS IS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD THAT HAS NUCLEAR CODES – THAT’S WHO THEY WANT? OK.”

“HE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE WASN’T EATING,” MADDEN CRACKED.

“NO BODY-SHAMING,” ALLISON TOLD HIM.

“NO BODY-SHAMING,” TAPPER ECHOED.

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