Trump’s Strangelovian View of Exercise

Trump’s Strangelovian View of Exercise May 11, 2017

Buried in a long profile of Donald Trump is an absolutely bizarre bit of information: Trump thinks that humans are born with a finite amount of energy and that if you exercise too much — or at all — you will run out quicker and die younger.


There has been considerable speculation about Trump’s physical and mental health, in part because few facts are known. During the campaign, his staff reported that he was six feet three inches tall and weighed two hundred and thirty-six pounds, which is considered overweight but not obese. His personal physician, Harold N. Bornstein, issued brief, celebratory statements—Trump’s lab-test results were “astonishingly excellent”—mentioning little more than a daily dose of aspirin and a statin. Trump himself says that he is “not a big sleeper” (“I like three hours, four hours”) and professes a fondness for steak and McDonald’s. Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.

Vox cites the source for this claim:

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.”

Thank goodness golf doesn’t rob Il Douche of his precious bodily fluids. But Donald, there’s this thing called food. You eat it, and it gives you more energy. We figured it all out a long time ago. Seriously, do try to keep up.

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