During his visit to France, Donald Trump, was reportedly so moved by the French first lady’s appearance, he just had to tell her what he thought.
“You’re in such good shape,” he told her, according to the New York Times, before turning to inform her husband, “She’s in such good physical shape.”
To which she probably replied with something like “Thank you,” but in French so it was intimidating and elegant enough to diffuse the awkwardness.
Now, to be fair, in Trump’s own special language, this is considered a compliment, bigly. And few would disagree with the truth of what he said.
In case you can’t fully appreciate this: That photo depicts a 64-year-old woman fully keeping up with everyone in stilettos on cobblestone.
I tried this once when I was 17 and almost died. So yeah, I’d say she’s in pretty good shape.
But many were not amused by the President offering his unsolicited opinion on a woman’s body. Notably, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Bishop announced during an interview on Sunday that she was “taken aback” by the President’s comments, and then she issued the burn heard round the world when she added “I wonder if she could say the same of him?”
The Foreign Minister went on to say that she didn’t want to comment on Trump’s actions, but since she, um, already had, there was understandably a big reaction on Twitter.
Plenty of people expressed support for Bishop’s remark, but as with any situation involving the President, there was a lot of disagreement. Not everyone saw her quip as deserved.
And as some have pointed out, there isn’t much of a high road in trading one unsolicited comment about someone’s body for another.
Now, I trust that Donald Trump probably isn’t going to develop body dysmorphia as a result of what Julie Bishop said. But it’s fair to say criticizing anyone’s body is pretty uncool.
You’re supposed to just send them lots of articles about high-protein diets because you “think they might find it interesting,” like my parents do.
So if you take away anything at all from this story, make it the name of the Australian Foreign Minister, you’ll thank me at your next trivia night.