And now for the second one:
2. This is getting a little out of hand.
But quibbling with an inch here or a few pounds there probably doesn't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things — Jackson even admitted Trump needed to lose some weight and would attempt to help him do so — and it sure makes it seem like Trump's opponents, and even the media, are anxious to cast him as “the fat guy,” as mentally unfit or even as dying. It feels . . . gratuitous. And it's especially dumb to compare Trump to athletes, whose physiques are considerably different from Trump's because they exercise for a living and have much higher compositions of muscle, which is denser than fat.
Part of Trump's base-solidifying strategy seems to be lowering the standards of American politics so that, when those same lower standards are applied to him or even slightly lowered, it looks like persecution. We should always be skeptical of the Trump White House's claims, but we should also be wary of making that persecution look very real. And harping on Trump's weight is a fantastic way to accomplish that, especially when there are so many other issues of much greater consequence.