This morning, President Trump took a moment to send some potshots at the latest challenger to step into the ring and vie for the presidency, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who just barely lost a brutal race for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in the 2018 midterms.
Speaking at a press conference in the Oval Office, Trump lashed out at his newest opponent in a sad show of projection, revealing his insecurity and how threatened he feels by focusing on one particular part of Beto’s body — one that Trump’s self-perceived inadequacy is well known by this point.
We’re talking, of course, about his hands.
“I think he’s got a lot of hand movement…I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?” asked Trump, referencing the prodigious gesticulation in O’Rourke’s announcement video.
— Independent (@RhondaBarket) March 14, 2019
It’s a curious line of attack for a man whose public political career has been largely defined by his hands, whether using them to disgracefully mock a disabled reporter or to engage in a manhood-size competition with “Little” Marco Rubio, or insisting over and over that his hands are in fact very big and tremendous and not at all a deeply rooted source of shame for the superficial real estate tycoon:
Trump just mocked Beto O'Rourke for his hand gestures, saying he moves his hands too much and that he might be “crazy.” Well, watch this entire video and you decide who’s really crazy. pic.twitter.com/D4Lr6Z9xhP
— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) March 14, 2019
One has to watch just five minutes of any Trump speech for it to be disturbingly clear who the “crazy” one is — and if this is the best the President can come up with off the cuff, his staff should be very worried about his prospects for 2020.
Social media users, of course, immediately went off on him and began sharing their favorite Trump hand GIFS and images:
Trump’s fixation on Beto’s hands are just more proof he’s incapable of saying anything that’s not projection. pic.twitter.com/oPGDdqSMGH
— Joel Kasnetz (@kasnetz) March 14, 2019
— Brian P-C (@AlbertB_71) March 14, 2019
Trump really wants to talk about hands again? pic.twitter.com/ISNHgiWdYF
— Subcomandante Snarkos (@SSnarkos) March 14, 2019
Trump just called Beto "crazy" because of how he moves his hands. pic.twitter.com/NmqfL03Xya
— Jacopo della Quercia (@Jacopo_della_Q) March 14, 2019
Personally, I would be reluctant to shake Trump's hands, knowing that he likes to "grab 'em by the P and may not have access to the men's room. No telling where this man's hands have been? pic.twitter.com/Fj4a9L5BSI
— ALC Not My President & Impeach the MF (@Arthur59611540) March 14, 2019