Donald Trump ha a habit of spouting off ill-informed “facts” about nearly every single issue that arises in his presidency, from history, geography, economics, foreign affairs, the basic structure of the government, and the list could go on and on.
Add basic human health to the list of things that Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about. Trump literally thinks exercise is not good for you, which was explained in a New Yorker article recently. Evan Osnos writes: “Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.”
Vox points out, the Trump “human body as non-rechargeable battery” theory was first detailed by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher in their 2016 book, Trump Revealed:
After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, “You are going to die young because of this.”
Trump said he was not following any special diet or exercise regimen for the campaign. ‘‘All my friends who work out all the time, they’re going for knee replacements, hip replacements — they’re a disaster,’’ he said. He exerts himself fully by standing in front of an audience for an hour, as he just did. ‘‘That’s exercise.’”
Of course, this line of thinking by Trump is quite literally insane, but Trump has never let science get in the way of his opinion that he tries to pass off as fact.
Now, let’s humor Trump for a moment. There was a point in time when doctors would have partially agreed with Trump on his theory, but that was the Victorian era. People worried physical activity could cause everything from exhaustion and heart palpitations, particularly in women.
However, we are living a century later where doctors now have scientific data to support that exercise is actually the closest thing we have to a miracle cure.
The President of the United States is a) too lazy to exercise, b) apparently too ignorant to know it’s good for him, and c) believes in centuries old junk science.
You picked a real winner, America.