The Detroit Post
Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Trump Hands

Danielle Fletcher
• Sunday, 01 November, 2020
• 7 min read

For all the reprehensible things Donald Trump has been accused of, the Republican presidential nominee has sure spent a lot of time defending the size of his hands. He’s so sensitive about them that he even mentioned the issue during a debate in March, after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a GOP primary challenger, made jokes about Trump ’s hand size.

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Editors have printed a life-size image of Trump ’s hands, which they created based on a bronzed hand print hanging in the New York branch of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. However, the majority of American men have larger hands, according to neuroscientist Justin Higgins, who pointed to a chart from an Ergonomics Center of North Carolina report for proof.

Much as the rioting in D.C. on Wednesday capped Trump ’s long record of inciting political violence, the lease sale is a fitting finale for the administration’s anti-conservation legacy. Trump and his team have spent four years bending over backward for fossil fuel and other extractive industries, with little concern for how its “energy dominance” agenda will impact the climate and wildlife.

… We will stop the steal!” Trump then directly urged his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol, apparently to pressure lawmakers. In an inverse of Profiles in Courage,” the president retreated to the warmth of the Oval Office, presumably watching television, while his supporters did as they were instructed.

The crowd pushed past them, and while thousands were content to stand on the building’s steps and wave flags, a vanguard of several hundred stormed the entrance, broke windows, and occupied offices, sending members of Congress and their staffs fleeing in fear. One female Trump supporter, an unarmed Air Force veteran from San Diego, was shot to death by a Capitol Police officer.

Amid the appalling chaos, Trump was content to issue tepid tweets about respecting law enforcement. “At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times,” the president-elect said from Wilmington, Del., while calling (in vain) for Trump to put a stop to it.

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“I’m genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation, so long a beacon of hope and light for democracy, has come to such a dark moment,” Biden added. If one were in a nitpicking mood, it’s true that Biden was much quicker to condemn these rioters than those who led the sustained carnage of last summer in a hundred American cities during the Black Lives Matter protests.

The press had previously deemed it racist to even use the word “rioters” to describe arsonists, looters, and protesters who threw rocks at cops and menaced strangers. Those compunctions disappeared Wednesday, as did the ubiquitous phrase “mostly peaceful” protests -- replaced by “traitors,” “terrorists,” and “a mob” that was “violent” and “seditious.” The Trumpeters were leading an “armed insurrection,” we were told.

Remember when Sen. Tom Cotton’s New York Times op-ed advocating the use of armed federal troops to quell the violence in American cities led to the approving editor’s forced departure? They desecrated a symbol of American democracy, although it was heartening how the Senate ameliorated much of the damage in an extraordinary late-night session.

Pence did his constitutional duty and refused to go along with Trump ’s scheme to reject the election results, as did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). Trump supporters overtook Capitol Police officers to enter the building as lawmakers attempted to count the electoral college votes on Jan. 6.

Trump ’s refusal to concede and his obsession with overturning the will of voters means the ceremony poses a test for his most loyal subordinate. Pence also faces a party divided over Trump ’s conduct, a rift that is growing after the president on Saturday pressured Georgia election officials to overturn his loss in the state.

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Development of the plan has fallen to Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and General Counsel Greg Jacob, both of whom realize the potential tension in the situation, according to two people familiar with the matter. He has a specific job as defined in the Constitution,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump ally.

In a statement over the weekend, Short said that Pence “shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.” Trump ’s call on Saturday to Georgia’s top election officials underscored that risk, showing that the president is still grasping for any leverage to reverse his defeat.

He urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes for him to overtake President-elect Joe Biden, and told him he was taking a “big risk” by not doing so. A federal appeals court threw out the Former suit on Saturday, after a Trump -appointed judge dismissed it on Friday.

Through four years in the White House, he’s remained unfailingly loyal to Trump, neither publicly disagreeing with any policy nor offering the slightest criticism of his boss. Both Trump and his fans -- thousands of whom are expected to gather on the streets of Washington -- may react with anger should Pence stand silently by as Congress ratifies the president’s defeat.

That would place congressional Republicans in the position of either aligning themselves with Trump ’s claims, or risking his wrath by affirming Biden’s victory. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he doesn’t want the ratification of election results to become a spectacle -- especially if it causes discomfort for fellow Republicans up for re-election in 2022.

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Constitutional scholars roundly reject the proposition that the vice president plays any substantive role in the process. These arguments haven’t swayed the president, who’s spent the past last several weeks consumed by his election loss, even as Covid-19 cases surged, Congress narrowly passed a major coronavirus relief package, and federal agencies dealt with a massive hack of data that has been blamed on Russia.

In telephone calls with allies and advisers over the last two weeks, Trump has repeatedly discussed what he regards as rampant voter fraud. In anticipation of the vote ratification, the right-leaning group Club for Growth spent $25,000 to run a commercial on Fox News last week in the Palm Beach, Florida, market while Trump was staying at his Mar-A-Lago resort.

The Club for Growth is run by David McIntosh, a former member of Congress from Indiana and close friend of Pence, who was governor of the state. The vice president has amicably accepted Trump ’s toughest assignments, including leading the federal government’s response to the pandemic.

Yet despite Pence’s loyalty and conservative bona fides, rumors abounded before the 2020 election that Trump had mused about replacing him. Wednesday’s election certification ceremony may mark the ultimate loyalty test for the vice president, and one which Trump will watch closely.

Following Wednesday’s ceremony, Pence intends to hold a series of domestic events during which he’ll highlight the president’s legacy, said a second senior administration official, including potential speeches on the economy, China or foreign policy. And now, to the long list of presidential mysteries, add the true size of Donald Trump's hands.

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For the first time in American history, penis size became an issue in a presidential campaign. Clay head sculptures of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been created for Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C.

One of those hand prints has been hiding in plain sight ever since: on a plaque on the wall as guests exit the museum. The scientifically objective results: Trump does indeed have hands just below average size, particularly for a man standing 6-foot-2.

According to various human anatomy websites, the average-height American adult male (5-foot-10) has an average hand size (measured from the tip of the middle finger to the wrist) of 7.44 inches. (His shoe size, incidentally, is reportedly 12, but The editors have so far been unable to locate a Trump footprint).

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