The 'girther' movement questions Donald Trumps real weight

Heather Gardner
Video Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Yesterday, Ronny Jackson, MD, the White House’s official physician to the president, released the results of Donald Trump’s physical exam — and the outcome was good! According to Jackson, the president received a perfect score on his cognitive exam. “I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process,” the doctor said during an hourlong questioning session at the White House.

In addition to a positive report on Trump’s brain, Jackson also gave the president an “excellent” rating on his overall health. While Jackson said the president needs to lose 10 to 15 pounds in 2018, he noted that Trump is in good health. Per the report, Trump is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 239 pounds.

And this is where the latest controversy comes to play. The internet has created a new conspiracy theory regarding Donald Trump’s health, the “girther” movement. Yes, while this movement is a standalone conspiracy, the name is strikingly similar to that of the longstanding, Trump-fueled birther movement theory claiming Barak Obama was not born in the United States. Kudus, internet. We see you.

Basically, the girther movement suggests that Jackson’s report is false, specifically regarding Trump’s height and weight. Believers in this theory aren’t buying the numbers.



They even pointed out examples of people who are similar heights and weigh roughly the same as Trump’s alleged weight.




The girthers want Trump to step on the scale himself and prove to them the report was correct, much like the birthers wanted Obama to provide a birth certificate. The White House did in 2011, by the way, although the proof did little to silence the birther supporters. And the girthers are willing to put money on proving Trump is lying. Guardian of the Galaxy director James Gunn has pledged $100,000 if Trump steps on a scale.


Let’s play devil’s advocate and just assume for a moment that Trump and Jackson did fabricate the numbers. The question is why? Well, this response is gaining a lot of traction.


Trump has not responded to the girther conspiracy theory.

Another huge trend on the internet today was Betty White! Today is her 96th birthday, and #BettyWhite immediately began circulating with celebratory messages for the comedic actress.

Some fans however, were initially shocked to see White trending, unaware that today was her birthday. They were very relieved to learn she is alive and well.




Happy birthday, Betty! Ninety-six never looked so good!

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