Donald Trump was forgiven Friday for fat-shaming one of his own fans at a raucous MAGA rally after mistaking the supporter for a protester.
Frank Dawson, 64, said ‘everything’s good, I love the guy!’ after Trump blasted him from the podium in Manchester, New Hampshire, saying: ‘That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising.’
Trump had mistaken Dawson for a – thin – protester who was one of a group of three who waved anti-Trump banners before being escorted out.
Dawson, a retired U.S. Marshal and Navy veteran from Woburn, Massachusetts, said he had ripped the banners from their hands. He was photographed walking behind them down stairs in the upper level of the SUNH arena.
After the rally, as it became clear that Trump had been unintentionally targeting one of his own supporters, he called Dawson, but the call went to voicemail.
Dawson told the Boston Globe: ‘He thanked me for helping him out last night.’
Donald Trump told a protester in front of a revved up crowed in New Hampshire Thursday night: ‘That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising.’
Thin protester: Two women and one man were removed for an anti-Trump protest
Friendly fire: Fran Dawson was the man Trump mistakenly fat-shamed but he took it in his stride, saying that the president hadn’t been able to see what he was doing
No doubt which side he is on: Frank Dawson, 64, cheered the president after,he says, he ripped the banners from the protesters’ hands
Is this who Trump meant? The protesters were followed down the stairs in the arena by a larger fan in a Trump t-shirt – Frank Dawson, who laughed it off
‘It’s all good!’ The fat-shamed fan laughed off the president’s gaffe, saying: ‘Everything’s good! I love the guy! He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.’
Protesters (pictured) held signs opposing Trump at his rally Thursday night. A supporter is seen trying to rip the banner away from them
Dawson said he had acted against the protesters, from If Not Now, a Jewish group which wants Israel to leave the West Bank. He told the Boston Globe he is a ‘law and order’ guy.
‘He didn’t see me ripping away the signs from those three people that was sitting near us,’ he told Fox News.
He told Fox News: ‘Because he didn’t see me ripping the signs away from those three people that were sitting near us, and they were trying to cause a ruckus, and they jumped up and they started yelling stuff, that I don’t even care what they were yelling about, that wasn’t going to happen beside me because I’m trying to listen to my president.
‘But I think he thought I was part of it, but I wasn’t. I was the good part of it.
‘He said, ‘Hey, that guy needs to lose a little weight!!”
Dawson added: ‘Everything’s good! I love the guy! He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.’
Apart from anything else Trump appears to be throwing stones at glass houses, considering he himself is medically obese, standing 6ft 3in and tipping the scale at 243lbs – four pounds more than his physical examination the year prior.
Trump’s previous doctor in 2018 put him on a diet and exercise regimen that was intended to help him lose 10 – 15 pounds over the course of the year.
Trump – who notoriously loves fast food – was officially deemed obese in February after a physical examination found he weighed 243lbs, standing at 6ft 3in
He gained four pounds, instead, after failing to ‘religiously’ follow it, his physical revealed in February.
The president is known for indulging in greasy fast food including KFC and McDonald’s.
And in typical Trump fashion, he continued Thursday’s rally with searing attacks on into his political opponents.
He blasted the Green New Deal and Democrats competing for his job in the opening minutes of the Manchester rally.
The president has held back at times on unleashing on the group but revived slams on Elizabeth Warren for her native American heritage scandal ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘Sleepy Joe Biden’ for his small crowds and lagging campaign schedule.
‘What about a Sleepy Joe Biden rally? Right? Boy, he’s made some beauties. I sort of hope it’s him. I don’t mind any of them. You got Pocahontas, who’s rising. You’ve got Kamala. Kamala is falling. You got Beto. Beto is like gone,’ he said, whirling his finger.
The president said: ‘I don’t know that it matters. But whoever it is, different, different people. But I don’t know, I think Sleepy Joe may be able to limp across the finish line. Might be. But today they announced that they’re going to cut way back on his appearances because he is such a disaster they’re going to have fewer appearances.
‘You heard this, right? They’re going to cut way back on his appearances. Can you believe it? If I ever did that, it would be over! The fake news would get us. And we don’t let them get us. And it is fake,’ he argued.
Trump revved up a crowd of supporters (pictured) in New Hampshire on Thursday night with searing attacks on into his political opponents
Trump was rallying his supporters at SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. He said in a radio interview Thursday morning that 12,000 people have requested tickets. The arena would be over capacity, if that many people showed.
Trump rallied supporters in the same arena, when it went by a different name, in his first campaign for president. He memorably called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz a p***y’ at the event at the height of an ugly personal dispute
The president won the Republican primary for the presidency in the state in 2016. He lost the general election to Hillary Clinton later that year and is determined to turn the Granite State red in the next national election.