A ‘small hand’ challenge to Trump

March 8, 2016

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Donald Trump has taken his defense of his hands out onto the campaign trail. Now a 28-year-old Oregon man has formed a new political action committee solely to get the Republican front-runner to prove it.

Henry Kraemer, who works for a nonprofit in Portland, filed the Trump Has Tiny Hands political action committee with the Federal Elections Commission on Monday, a move he said hopes spurs the front-runner Republican candidate to release his “official hand measurements from an official doctor.”

“We felt it was really important for voters to know everything they can about the dangerous smallness of Mr. Trump’s hands before they go into the voting booth,” Kraemer said in a phone interview.

Trump was first publicly teased for the size of his hands in the late 1980s, when the now-defunct satirical Spy magazine branded Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian.” Rival candidate Marco Rubio revived the criticism on the campaign trail last week, implying that Trump’s hands were small for his more than six-foot frame.

“You know what they say about guys with small hands?” Rubio said at a rally last week, and then he paused. “You can’t trust ‘em,” he said.

Trump has since defended himself, saying he’s been told he has “beautiful hands,” but Kraemer and what he says is a core team of about 75 volunteers are working to make sure the issue stays on voters’ minds.

“What good is it to give (Trump) the nuclear launch code if his stubby fingers can’t even push the button down all the way?,” Kraemer said. “Say the White House phone rings at 3 a.m. — will his tiny hands even be able to lift the receiver? These are the important questions.”

The group has taken to Facebook and Twitter, where it had a combined nearly 1,500 followers by Tuesday morning, to begin spreading its message and reaching out to Trump and some of his advisers, in the hopes that they’ll get a response.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But at a rally in Michigan last week, in response to Rubio’s initial jabs, Trump dismissed the criticism as “crap.”

“Those hands can hit a golf ball 285 yards,” he said at a rally. Then he waved them around for all to see. “Look at these hands,” he said.

Update: Kraemer announced this week that he had changed the name of his PAC to Americans Against Insecure Billionaires with Tiny Hands after a request from the Federal Election Commission, which generally forbids committee names that include the name of a declared candidate.

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