Donald Trump assured a national television audience last night that he’s not lacking in the manhood department. Marco Rubio has suggested that Trump has ‘small hands,’ and that it could indicate another body part could be undersized.
Trump immediately brought it up during a Fox News debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
‘He hit my hands. Nobody has ever hit my hands. I’ve never heard of this one. Look at those hands. Are they small hands? And he referred to my hands – if they’re small, something else must be small,’ Trump said, recalling a Rubio rally this week as he waved his hands to the audience. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.’
Trump repeatedly referred to Rubio as ‘Little Marco’ throughout the night.
But he initially retracted another insult he’s aimed at the Florida senator. ‘He’s really not much of a lightweight,’ Trump said.
During a February 28 rally in Salem, Virginia, Rubio mocked Trump’s hands and drew roars from a crowd of more than 1,000.
‘He’s always calling me ‘Little Marco’ … and I’ll admit he’s taller than me, he’s 6’2″, which is why I don’t understand why he has hands the size of someone who’s 5’2″.
‘Have you seen his hands? You know what they say about men with small hands,’ Rubio said – adding a pregnant pause.
‘You can’t trust them!’ he snarked.
After the debate, Trump was happy to address the ‘hands’ issue again.
‘These hands?’ he asked a group of reporters in the spin room.
‘Look at these hands!’ he said as he turned them back and forth and stretched out his fingers for effect.
‘These are the hands that can rip a golf ball 285 yards,’ Trump said, gripping an imaginary driver.
He motioned to a television reporter – a tall, burly man from the entertainment program ‘Extra’ – and asked him to put his hand up against his own.
The Donald’s fingers were fatter but longer.
‘See? Look! Hah! My hands are fine,’ he said, triumphantly as his wife Melania looked away. She stood next to him throughout the exchange.
‘And the other thing, I can tell you, it’s fine,’ Trump said before moving down the rope line for another interview.
Trump is said to send pictures of himself with his hands circled to Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, who repeatedly wrote articles about him while in charge of Spy magazine, referring to him as a ‘short-fingered vulgarian’.
Trump blasted Rubio during the debate as a ‘con artist’ – turning that epithet back again its originator – as he said he was an absentee senator.
‘He doesn’t vote! He doesn’t show up to work. He defrauded the people of Florida! You defrauded the people, little Marco.’
At the end of the night all four candidates on stage pledged that they would support the eventual Republican nominee.
‘Even if it’s not me?’ an incredulous Trump asked, before declaring: ‘Yes, I will.’