Barbra Streisand Blames Her Weight Gain on Donald Trump

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 5:07 pm, March 6, 2017
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President Donald Trump has become the go-to scapegoat for most things.  If you’re having a bad day at the office, chalk it up to Trump. If you experienced a microaggression in college—yep, Trump’s secretly behind it.

Now, Barbra Streisand says Trump is responsible for her struggles with her weight.

The 74-year-old singer and songwriter said this weekend that watching the news stories about the president has made her seek solace in stuffing her face with food—emotionally eating to take away the pain of a president she voted against.

Streisand is no fan of the president, having previously spoken out against him on social media as well as in op-eds for the Huffington Post. She even gave a speech at the Los Angeles Women’s March decrying the president.

Barbara Streisand is the origin of the so-called “Streisand Effect,” whose 2003 attempts to censor photographs of her multimillion-dollar mansion in Malibu, Calif., drew public attention to it—much to her chagrin.

Writing to her fans on Twitter, the singer did not hold back on pinning the blame on the president for her putting on the pounds. “Donald Trump is making me gain weight,” she wrote. “I start the day with liquids, but after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup!”

She made her comments in the wake of news of Trump’s claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him, calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. “Trump just accused Obama of tapping his phones,” Streisand continued. “Seriously crazy times. Time for more pancakes.”

More pancakes, indeed. At this rate, Streisand may require a mobility scooter by the end of Trump’s first term in office.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.