Donald Trump's Small Hands
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Donald Trump's Small Hands refers to a series of jokes referring to the supposedly smaller-than-average hand size of President Donald Trump.
In 1988, Graydon Carter, writing for Spy Magazine, referred to Trump as a "Short-fingered vulgarian" as a way to get under Trump's skin.
Carter recalled the jab in a Vanity Fair editorial published November, 2015, which re-introduced the idea that Trump has small hands to a national audience. According to Carter, the jab did in fact get under Trump's skin, as Carter reports occasionally receiving an envelope from Trump with a picture of himself torn from a magazine in which his fingers are circled with the comment "Not so short!" On February 1st, 2016, Mother Jones published a playful article that investigated what Trump's finger-size would mean for his presidency. Vanity Fair published a list of photographs in which Trump's hands look small a few weeks later.
Trump's small hands became a talking point during the 2016 Presidential Republican Primary when Marco Rubio lashed back at Trump's insult for him, Little Marco. At a campaign rally on February 29th, 2016, Rubio said that though Trump is 6'2", he doesn't understand why Trump has hands the size of someone who is 5'2". He went on to possibly suggest Trump has a small penis, saying "You know what they say about guys with tiny hands," pausing before he clarified, "You can't trust them!"
On March 3rd, at the Republican Primary Debate in Detroit, Michigan, Trump responded to Rubio's quip by assuring Americans his penis was of an unproblematic size, saying "I guarantee you, there's no problem." The national discussion of Trump's hands inspired a series of jokes and photoshops about Trump's tiny hands. On June 17th, NPR reported on a small Super PAC, Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands, devoted to making fun of Trump's hands that had filed on March 3rd. On August 3rd, Hollywood Reporter discovered via a handprint of Trump's cast in bronze at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum that Trump's hands were in fact smaller than 85% of American men. On August 4th, DailyKos published an article with list of Trump's hands memes created by the author. The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Washington Post are among some of the major media outlets that have covered Trump's hand size.
On January 27th, 2017, New York Observer writer Dana Schwartz tweeted a claim that President Trump's White House staffers had digitally enlarged the size of his hand in a photograph that he hung in the White House to make it seem bigger, citing a two-panel size comparison of President Trump's left hand as seen in the White House photograph of him embracing President Obama before his departure on Inauguration Day and a Getty Images photograph of the same scene. Within two hours, the tweet gained more than 21,000 retweets and 29,000 likes.
Throughout the afternoon, Schwartz's tweet prompted a social media inquiry into the authenticity of her claim, with both skeptics and believers offering a range of conclusions based on image analysis, including cluding an overlay comparison GIF of the two images from Twitter user @Joabaldwin who suggested that the image had been digitally edited using the warp deformation feature.
DanaSchwartzzz</a> I made a GIF comparing it with the Getty Images source file. It's a warp deformer, look at the helicopter behind. <a href="https://t.co/f4PYFzodbi">pic.twitter.com/f4PYFzodbi</a></p>— Joaquin Baldwin (joabaldwin) January 27, 2017
That early afternoon, several news sites, including Washington Post, The Daily Dot and Next Web, reported on Schwartz' claim, as well as a compilation of tweets speculating whether or not Trump's White House staffers had altered the photo to make his hands look bigger. However, by close to 2:00 p.m. (EST), Washington Post followed up with a conclusion that the photo had not been digitally manipulated, citing a size comparison GIF of Trump's hand as seen in the Gettys Image photo and an ABC news video clip of the moment shot from the same angle.
Tiny Hand Font
On October 17th, 2016, BuzzFeed News  published a piece of satire entitled "An Exclusive And Completely Factual Snapshot Of Donald Trump's Speech Notes." The piece featured a font by Mark Davis called "Tiny Hands," which was used to mimick Trump's handwriting.
The following day, BuzzFeed announced that the font was available to download.
On November 21st, 2019, the font went viral for a second time, after it was reported on Boing Boing  and tweeted about by Fast Company.
 Vanity Fair – Steel Traps and Short Fingers
 Mother Jones – What Donald Trump’s Short Fingers Mean for His Presidency
 Vanity Fair – Donald Trump’s Short Fingers: A Historical Analysis
 The Week – Donald Trump alludes to his penis size on national television
 NPR – Tiny SuperPAC Trolls Donald Trump About His 'Tiny Hands'
 DailyKOS – A Selection of Trump "Tiny Hands" Memes I've Made for You?
 The Atlantic – Trump's Hands Are Weapons of War
 Huffington Post – Finally, There’s Proof That Donald Trump Has Small Hands
 Washington Post – Yes, Donald Trump’s hands are actually pretty small
 Twitter (via Wayback Machine) – @DanaSchwartzzz
 Twitter – @Joabaldwin
 Getty Images – Obama and Trump
 The Next Web – Did staffers photoshop Trump’s small hands in this photo?
 Washington Post – No, the White House didn’t Photoshop an image of the president’s hand
 The Verge – No, Trump didn't Photoshop his hand to look bigger
 Wonkette – Whose Job Do You Think It Was To Photoshop Trump’s Hand To Make It Look Bigger?
 The Daily Dot – Did Trump alter this White House photo to make his hand look bigger?
 BuzzFeed News – An Exclusive And Completely Factual Snapshot Of Donald Trump's Speech Notes
 BuzzFeed News – Tiny Hand Will Be Your New Comic Sans
 Dropbox – BFTinyHand
 Boing Boing – Tiny Hand: free font based on Trump's unusual handwriting
 Twitter – @FastCompany's Tweet
Nov 02, 2016 at 04:27PM EDT
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