Trump participates in a 9/11 Observance at the Pentagon on September 11th.
By Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/.
In the weeks since both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the U.S., Donald Trump has been traveling to the southern parts of the country to respond to the first natural disasters of his presidency, or in his case, to talk about himself. When he prepared to put on a pair of latex gloves while helping with Harvey relief earlier this month, Trump claimed “his hands were too big” for the gloves. And, in a clear move to recycle his bit, he said the same thing while helping with Irma relief in Florida on Thursday.
Per the Washington Post pool report, while Trump prepared to serve food to hurricane clean-up workers in Naples, Florida, he picked up a pair of rubber gloves and said, “They’re too small.”
It was hard to imagine when Graydon Carter, then the editor of Spy, called Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian” in 1988, that the insult would gnaw at Trump for decades. Even Trump’s competition in the 2016 election used it as a cudgel; Marco Rubio made mention of his fellow candidate’s “small hands” at a rally. Then again, Trump’s nickname for Rubio, “Little Marco,” stuck, so he may have come out on top on that one.
But Trump has never been known to allow jokes at his expense, no matter how small. When both Seth Meyers and Barack Obama went after Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he did not react favorably.
“I saw him a couple of nights afterward at an event in New York, and I walked over to thank him for being a good sport and he really impressed on me then that I had taken it too far,” Meyers recalled to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “He did not accept my offer of good sport.”
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