For the second time in two weeks Thursday, President Donald Trump joked about the size of his hands as he helped out with hurricane relief.
Trump was at a staging area for Hurricane Irma recovery workers in Naples, Florida, on Thursday, getting ready to pass out sandwiches, when he apparently had some trouble with his gloves, according to a White House pool report:
“Trump paused to try to put on thin white plastic gloves but struggled. His hands were apparently too, uh, large.”
“‘They’re too small,’ Trump said. The glove on his right hand ripped along his thumb, exposing skin. Trump began shaking hands and passing out hoagies — or, rather, pointing at them. ‘Don’t forget to take one!’ he implored. ‘Here’s a nice one!'”
The president made a similar remark in Houston two weeks ago as he passed out food to Hurricane Harvey victims at NRG Stadium. As Trump was putting on a pair of gloves, he turned toward a news camera and exclaimed to no one in particular, “My hands are too big.”
References to the size of Trump’s hands were a running joke throughout the 2016 Republican primary, starting when candidate Marco Rubio taunted Trump at a February rally in Virginia.
“I’ll admit, he’s taller than me, he’s like 6-2. Which is why I don’t understand why his hands are the size of someone who’s 5-2,” Rubio said to a cheering crowd. “Have you seen his hands?”
“And you know what they say about men with small hands,” he continued, pausing for dramatic effect. “You can’t trust ’em. You can’t trust ’em.”
Days later, at a Republican debate, Trump fired back at Rubio, holding up his hands to the audience and saying, “Look at those hands. Are those small hands?”
“And, he referred to my hands if they’re small, something else is small. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee it,” Trump said.
The Washington Post later reported that Trump again defended the size of his hands in an interview with the paper’s editorial board.
“My hands are normal hands,” he said, according to the Post. “I was on line shaking hands with supporters and one of the supporters said, ‘Mr. Trump, you have strong hands, you have good size hands.’ And then another one would say, ‘Oh, you have great hands, Mr. Trump. I had no idea.'”
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