Donald Trump's joke about First Lady 'making salads' sparks outrage
President Donald Trump is in hot water following comments he made regarding his wife, Melania Trump.
The public is outraged by the words of the president during a Clemson Tigers' visit to the White House on Tuesday. A clip of the visit is found below.
The comments arose as a result of none other than the government shutdown which is still ongoing. This has led to a lack of staff in several official organizations, and the White House itself.
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Trump welcomed coach Dabo Swinney, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the group with stacks of burgers from McDonald's and Wendy's.— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 15, 2019
As he spoke to the University team, Donald pointed out that he was forced to use his own money to buy food for the National College champions. Then, he appeared to throw the first lady under the bus.
"Do we give you some little quick salads that the First Lady and Second Lady could make. But I said you guys aren't into salads."
"Or do I send out for about 1,000 hamburgers? If it's American, I like it. It's all American stuff, 300 hamburgers, many, many french fries - all of our favorite foods."
President Trump said he was personally paying for the meals provided to Clemson for their White House visit, due to the government shutdown. Trump told reporters that he was serving "McDonalds, Wendy's and Burger King with some pizza." https://t.co/q8kxNRy1pa pic.twitter.com/iGXzrD32F0— CNN (@CNN) January 15, 2019
Donald then invited the players and others present to dig into the takeaway food on the long table. He further commented on how the Republicans are sticking together amid the shutdown.
Many have called the President's salad joke sexist. Among them, political analyst Joan Walsh of CNN. According to Huffington Post, she strongly regarded the joke as being in poor taste.
President Trump welcomed the NCAA national champion Clemson Tigers football team to the White House with a shutdown smorgasbord of fast food offerings he called "great American food," including piles of pizza and fries and more than 300 burgers. https://t.co/OVBdfzv4wg pic.twitter.com/dzEztYbia1— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 15, 2019
"It seems to me like the president will not be happy until there is not one single female Republican voter in the country. It's incredibly sexist. He shouldn't talk about the first lady in that way. We aren't all here to make salads for men."
Erin Burnett was also offended by the comments, saying:
"This is one of those things where sometimes what people say when they're being funny exposes exactly who they are and what they think. Not that there's any question, but this is pretty clear."
"I like it all," President Trump said about the fast-food buffet. "It's all good stuff. Great American food." https://t.co/vsZzhsdJXk— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 15, 2019
Meanwhile, others are not taking the joke as strongly. Scott Jennings, a conservative commentator, said:
"I think he was trying to make a joke about feeding hamburgers to football players. I think you might be over-reading this one."
It looks like Donald's jokes about his wife and somewhat hit or miss. Back when Melania was accused of giving the same speech as her predecessor, he addressed the matter.
During the Clemson Tigers' visit to the White House after their College Football National Championship win, President Donald Trump joked about personally buying hamburgers for the players instead of having his wife, Melania Trump, make them salads. https://t.co/NkHYR8F9oB pic.twitter.com/6ToibgeabA— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) January 15, 2019
Speaking at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Trump said:
"Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it. It's fantastic. They think she's absolutely great."
He went on with the punch line:
"My wife Melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case! And I don't get it. I don't know why."
The audience erupted in laughter at the time. Melania herself was in the audience. She smiled up at her husband.
For those who are against the President's most current remarks, they may be appeased by a cartoon, however. The popular adult cartoon show "Family Guy" depicted the president in the most recent episode.
In it, Donald was portrayed in a comedic fashion. His face was very orange and he groped the character Meg in the show. At first, her family didn't believe her.
Then they saw it themselves. The show's producers said that the episode was meant to send a message about sexual harassment.
Others from the Trump administration were featured in the episode. Mike Pence, Sarah Sanders, Mitch McConnell, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner were either mentioned or made appearances.
WHO IS WATCHING #FAMILYGUY RIGHT NOW?!?! OMGGGG The accuracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SCREAMING AND 💀💀💀😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂💅🏾— Taraji P. Henson (@tarajiphenson) January 14, 2019
Worst episode of family guy ever. Please don't ruin the show I've watched as a child. #Familyguy— 🇺🇸☕️KevG☕️🇩🇴 (@blackflag_kevG) January 14, 2019
Ivanka opted to give Meg a makeover so that she could find a very particular kind of husband, one like Kushner.
As expected, the show's viewers had mixed reviews, with some calling it distasteful and others praising the episode.