President Trump made a joke about fast food, and not everyone’s lovin’ it.
While much has been made of the Trump-funded fast food smorgasbord the White House offered up to the college football champion Clemson Tigers on Monday, POTUS’s crack about first lady Melania Trump and second lady Karen Pence making salads has some critics calling him sexist.
“So I had a choice,” Trump told the gathered players of catering the meal during the government shutdown. “Do we have no food for you, because we have a shutdown, or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make, along with the second lady, they’ll make some salads.
“And I said, you guys aren’t into salads. Or do I go out … and send out for about 1,000 hamburgers. Big Macs. So we actually did that.”
While the calorific spread — which featured food from Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald’s — did include some salads in plastic containers, Trump’s implication that his wife and the vice president’s wife would be stuck in the kitchen making salads for burly, meat-crazed football players fell flat with some.
Trump tells Clemson he got them burgers because it was that, or have the First Lady and Mrs Pence make salads for them.
Because that's what women do – make salads for men to eat.
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) January 15, 2019
Just had to throw in some misogyny
— 🌊 (@PIZNEY) January 15, 2019
Yes, by all means, have the women make the salads. WTF dude.
— Barb Trujillo (@barbtrujillo2) January 15, 2019
In my house I make the salads! @realDonaldTrump do you want a class Sir?👨🍳🥬🌱🥒🥑🌽🌶🥦🥕🥗
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) January 15, 2019
CNN’s Erin Burnett and Joan Walsh also found the comment to be sexist.
“It seems to me like the president will not be happy until there is not one single female Republican voter in the country,” Walsh said during Monday’s broadcast of Burnett’s show. “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.”
When conservative commentator Scott Jennings objected — “I certainly didn’t take his comments to be sexist,” he said in Trump’s defense — Burnett fired back.
“How in the world do you not perceive that as sexist, to say the assumption that his wife’s gonna go make salads for a bunch of football players?” she responded. “What is she, like, the cook?
“I’m not over-reading it,” she added. “He made a joke that was sexist about women.”
Whether Trump intended the comment to be sexist or not, his remarks have inspired some objectifying insults at the first lady’s expense.
Can we have a gif of Melania with her red garden gloves on making salad.
— 🇨🇦MamaC 🇨🇦 (@MeanmuthaC) January 15, 2019
Bwhahahahhaha like @FLOTUS has every been in a kitchen preparing food EVER since she became a Trump 😂🤣😂🤣
— Pam Pochel (@pochelp) January 15, 2019
Like Melania cooks.
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) January 14, 2019
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