Stephen Colbert Skewers Trump's Utterly Bizarre Ideas About the Human Body

Donald Trump has his share of strange theories, but perhaps none more bizarre than those about the workings of the human body.


"According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump believes the human body is ‘like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted,’" "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert cited Wednesday. 

Trump’s easily debunked exercise theories were also noted in Trump Revealed, the Washington Post’s 2016 biography of the president, which notes the president abandoned athletics shortly after college.

“OK, good news, kids, there’s going to be a new presidential physical fitness test," joked Colbert. "See that rope? Don’t touch it. There, you passed.”

The American Council on Exercise, the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have consistently promoted exercise as a crucial component to maintaining physical and mental health.

"The article helpfully explains, 'the human body actually becomes stronger with exercise,' that [is] according to a recent study by the New England Journal of No Duh,'" the "Late Show" host quipped. "[By Trump's logic], the strongest people in the world are babies."

“Though I suppose we should have seen his anti-exercise thing coming,” Colbert added. “After all, one of the first things Trump did was replace Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign with his own: ‘Let’s Not.’”

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