Liberal “news” network CNN has a weird obsession with President Trump’s eating habits.
As the president and first lady were flying to India for a whirlwind 36-hour state visit on Sunday, CNN posted a story headlined, “‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable:’ Trump braces for a beef-free menu in India.”
“When President Donald Trump travels abroad — be it to Saudi Arabia or Singapore — his hosts usually try make him feel at home with his favorite meal: steak with miniature bottles of ketchup on the side. But what’s a beef-lover to do in India?” said the piece, which took three people to write.
“The President, whose diet is often a rotation of steaks, burgers and meatloaf, faces a potential shock as he prepares to travel to three Indian cities this week. His trip includes stops in Gujarat state, Agra and Delhi, where Hindus are the majority and cows are revered as sacred. In some neighborhoods, meat eating is so taboo that it’s not done in public.”
See, in India, cows are revered and not on the menu, so what will Trump, who likes meat, do?!
Then CNN does what it often does: quote some unnamed sources.
“A person close to the President who has dined with him on several occasions said Trump has salad with a meal every now and then — but other than that, ‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable.'”
Then the three authors turned to someone identified only as a “former official,” who said, “I don’t know what he’s going to do in this case.”
That’s right, CNN didn’t talk about the crucial U.S. and India alliance, the important military and trade deals the two nation were set to make, or the massive rally Trump was set to hold, which drew some 125,000 to a massive cricket stadium. No, The Most Trusted Name In News thinks what you really need to know about is the fact that “even one of the President’s favorite fast food restaurants, McDonald’s, doesn’t serve beef in India.”
CNN got mocked for the weird obsession about what Trump eats.
“If there was just one article that encapsulated how CNN’s obsession with attacking President Trump borders on parody, this might be it,” Media Research Center analyst Kristine Marsh wrote on Newsbusters.
“The rhetorical thrust of this particular story, however, seems to be that Trump is ethnocentric and quirky,” DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News. “For CNN, this story is not so much about giving the public a look into Trump’s trip to India as it is to characterize Trump’s picky personal habits. That Trump is particular on these matters just makes him like most other American presidents over the years,” McCall said.
But CNN got all wee-weed up whenever former President Barack Obama popped out for a hamburger (which he did often, always bringing a throng of photographers to capture the “regular guy” eating some regular food). Back then, it was deemed cool — not “ethnocentric.”
CNN has even mocked Trump for the way he once took a sip of water while giving a speech.
“That is the sippy-cup grip that you’re using right now,” Chris Cuomo said in December 2017. The CNN host then held a vase like he was drinking, saying, “This is what I drink out of and I hold it like a man, with one hand. That’s me.”
When the New York Times reported that Trump sometimes downs 12 Diet Cokes in a day, CNN was there with the breaking news. “A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump’s is worth changing,” a concerned CNN wrote in 2017.
“One-a-day diet soda drinkers were nearly three times as likely as those who never drink diet soda to be diagnosed with dementia, as well, the researchers found,” CNN said. Boom! If one soda a day can do that, a dozen must surely mean Trump has dementia, right?
And of course, CNN was all over “Ice Cream Gate.”
“According to an extensive interview with TIME Magazine, Trump’s White House staff has settled into Trump’s routine and know his desires, sometimes before he does,” CNN reported. “For example: Trump takes two scoops of ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, TIME reported, while everyone else around the table gets just one.”
The three CNN reporters also claimed in their Sunday piece that Trump — who has been traveling the world for 50 years — is “an impatient traveler, one who does not particularly relish experiencing foreign cultures and would prefer instead to be sleeping in his own bed.”
All that is intended to fit the narrative that Trump is an uncouth, unsophisticated rube who can’t tolerate foreigners and their cultures.
Which is why Trump calls the network “fake news.”