At Thursday’s rally in New Hampshire midway through, the president reacted to protesters disrupting his speech by pointing to one and shouting, “That guy has got a serious weight problem. Go home, get some exercise!”
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As it turns out, the man he mocked is actually a rabid Trump supporter. Speaking to Fox News’ Griff Jenkins after the rally, Frank Dawson explained that the president was definitely speaking about him during that moment.
“He was because he didn’t see me rip the signs away from those three people sitting near us,” Dawson told Jenkins. “They were trying to cause a ruckus, and they jumped up and started yelling. I don’t care what they were yelling.”
Dawson added: “It wasn’t going to happen beside me. I’m trying to listen to my president. I think he thought I was part of it, but I wasn’t. I was the good part of it.”
On Friday, a senior administration official confirmed the president placed a call to the man afterwards.
“He called him from Air Force One and left him a message,” the official said. “It went straight to voicemail.