Bobby Jindal to Megyn Kelly: Why does Obama want to fight trans fats but not ISIS?

He once exhorted the GOP to "stop being the stupid party" -- now he can't imagine anyone chewing gum while walking


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 18, 2015 4:25PM (UTC)

On "The Kelly File" Wednesday night, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal shared host Megyn Kelly's concern that the Obama administration's focus on helping Americans eat healthier was detracting from its ability to wage war against ISIS.

Kelly acknowledged that President Barack Obama has frequently said that "you have to walk and chew gum at the same time," meaning that it's possible to support initiatives to improve the quality of life for the average American and oversee offensives in the global war on terror.

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"Trans fats are really bad!" she said. "They skyrocket all the bad cholesterol, and they don't help the good cholesterol at all and why shouldn't we eat them?"

"I'm sure we could live forever if we ate nothing but kale," Jindal replied. "But if I want to eat pizza and nachos, that's my choice."

"This is just more of the nanny state," he added, before "reminding folks that it was the government that pushed trans fats in the last couple decades, putting it in margarine." Jindal's point, which he repeated, is that "this is just more of the nanny state."

"But more importantly," he said, seemingly forgetting Kelly's earlier statement about walking and chewing gum at the same time, "why is this the administration's priority?"

"We've got an anemic economy, Iran on the verge of becoming a nuclear power, radical Islamic terrorists on the loose -- I wouldn't mind this as much if he got on TV and said 'Radical Islamic terrorists are the real enemy we're going to crack down on.'"

At which point, Kelly seemingly forgot her own point about walking and chewing gum, replying that Obama's "concerned about radical trans fats."

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"Megyn, we've got a president who's trying to turn the American dream into the European nightmare," Jindal said, floating what will no doubt be a stump speech stunner after he declares his candidacy on June 24th. "He defines success as 'government dependence," he added, and "we've tried on-the-job training" with Obama, "a first-term senator who gives great speeches [serving] as president of the United States."

"There are a lot of talkers," Jindal concluded, referring to prospective GOP nominees who've never been governors, "but we need a doer, not a talker."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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