From the department of “Give them an inch …”

Some people just keep pushing the limits of what are allowed to do and then complain when they are finally told to stop.

A Florida man undergoing kidney dialysis three times a week is upset that he can’t bring a life-sized cardboard cutout of President Donald Trump for emotional support.

Nelson Gibson told WPBF that his family can’t sit with him during his three-and-a-half-hour treatments. To help, he began bringing a picture of Trump as a comfort item.

“It just feels like bringing something from home to make you comfortable,” Gibson told the West Palm Beach area television station.

Gibson said no one complained about the photo. Next, he started bringing a small cardboard cutout of himself standing next to a Trump photo. No one complained about the small cutout, and Gibson told the station that some people even took photos with it.

On Saturday, Gibson took a life-sized cutout of Trump to his treatment at Fresenius Kidney Care in Port St. Lucie. He said that again, no one took issue with this new emotional support item.

But when he returned Tuesday for treatment with the presidential cutout, Gibson ran into a roadblock.

“They told me it was too much and it wasn’t a rally,” he told the TV station.

One has to wonder about a person finds that a cardboard cutout of a politician gives him ’emotional support’ during trying times but, hey, whatever floats your boat, as the saying goes. Maybe he also sleeps with a photo of Trump under his pillow and has another one on his bedside table to soothe himself to sleep.

The real question is why he kept steadily increasing the size of the cutout. Presumably he had thought that the two smaller sizes of Trump served his need for a comfort item during the dialysis sessions. To keep making the item larger, so large that no one else in the facility could miss it, seems to indicate that he was trying to make a political statement and was hoping to goad the people at the clinic to object so that he could claim that he was being victimized for being a Trump supporter.

Trump loves playing the victim and it looks like his fans are following suit.


  1. says

    Sounds like there is a market for a Trump stressball that you can stretch, squeeze, punch, or use like a hacky sac. I am sure I could get a prescription from my doctor.

  2. Holms says

    The real question is why he kept steadily increasing the size of the cutout.

    Most likely to ‘stick it to liberals’, especially if any were giving him funny looks when it was just a small photo.

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    … his family can’t sit with him during his three-and-a-half-hour treatments.

    Not even one person? Why not?

    Let’s say the dialysisizers have a good medical reason for this. Why not set up patients with media players (& headphones!)? Ebooks &/or paper books?

    In an amusement-addicted society like the US, Gibson’s reaction seems quite mild in context of demanding 210 minutes of cold-turkey distraction withdrawal.

  4. says

    @Pierce R. Butler
    I read that line as meaning his family can’t sit with him because they’re busy at work, not because it isn’t allowed. Reading it again, I’m not sure which way it’s supposed to be understood.

  5. bmiller says

    I think you need a “FLORIDA MAN” tag on thee kinds of posts.

    I briefly lived in Florida. I don’t know if it is humidity, the Southern culture, the culture of crotched northern retirees, the giant bugs, the high crime rates, the hurricanes, or what… Can we give it back to Spain?

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