Trump Eats KFC With a Knife and Fork, Outrage Follows
Politics| | By Valerie Cools
It seems Donald Trump has a knack for causing an uproar, even with the simplest of actions – like having dinner.
On Monday night, Trump took a break from disrespecting Gold Star parents and claiming New York Times journalists “don’t write good” to tweet a photo of himself having a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner on his private jet.
“Great afternoon in Ohio & a great evening in Pennsylvania – departing now. See you tomorrow Virginia!” read the tweet.
Great afternoon in Ohio & a great evening in Pennsylvania – departing now. See you tomorrow Virginia! pic.twitter.com/jQTQYBFpdb— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
It may seem harmless, but given Trump’s polarizing persona, both Twitter and the media were quick to react with hilarious results.
Let’s start with the obvious: Trump is holding a knife and fork. This is not the usual way of eating fried chicken, and many people reacted with derision.
Whatever you think about Trump, eating KFC with a knife and fork should disqualify him to be president. https://t.co/hjIvk7rbMf— side-eye spice (@goldengateblond) August 2, 2016
Trump eats KFC with a fork and knife because his hands are too small to pick up the chicken.— Alex (@Glassmodealb) August 2, 2016
AIDE: Lets get a photo of you eating KFC— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) August 2, 2016
TRUMP: Great idea. Fetch my silverware.
TRUMP: I said FETCH IT pic.twitter.com/LAnFS5PgFm
This isn’t the first time Trump has been called out for inappropriate use of cutlery. In 2011, he famously took Gov. Sarah Palin out for pizza, drawing criticism for refusing to eat with his hands.
Others pointed out that there is a salt shaker on Trump’s table, which seems oddly unnecessary, given the sodium content of your average KFC meal. Unless the salt shaker was only put there to act as a paperweight for the artfully displayed newspapers in front of Trump.
(People have also pointed out that this is appears to be the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal, which means either Trump is behind on the news, or was not actually reading the paper and instead used it for its gloomy headline about America’s weak economic recovery.)
And that's salt. This guy salts his KFC. Heart disease may take Trump down before the election does.— #NeverWartooth (@HokieWartooth) August 2, 2016
Some were irritated by Trump’s clumsy attempt to present himself as a regular, KFC-loving guy who just happens to own a private jet.
@realDonaldTrump you eat KFC in your private jet?? You're just like us!!!— Ben Wexler (@mrbenwexler) August 2, 2016
The thing I love about Donald Trump is that he eats a big bucket of KFC just like I do. With a knife and fork on my own private jet.— David DeWeil (@daviddeweil) August 2, 2016
And finally, some people thought Trump’s choice of KFC over other chains such as Popeyes or Bonjangles showed a distinct lack of judgment on his part.
Donald Trump eats KFC over Popeye's which just adds to the reasons he shouldn't be president— max (@crxssan) August 2, 2016
I'm more offended Donald Trump didn't try to eat a more suitable fast food chicken with a fork and knife……like Chick Fil A or Bojangles— Steph Da 5'6 (@eleven8) August 2, 2016
Between this, the Palin pizza debacle, and the Cinco de Mayo taco bowl incident, when Trump thought he could sway Latino voters by posing with a taco salad, it’s starting to look like Trump should just leave food out of his campaign.