While a number of Super political action committees (PACs) are attempting to halt the momentum of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a barrage of negative ads, one Oregon man has filed for a PAC that will hit the mogul where it hurts: mocking his hands.
Henry Kraemer of Portland, Oregon told The Hill that he started the PAC to set the record straight. He said he was troubled when Trump began “to deny he has tiny baby hands.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio seemed to strike a nerve when he accused Trump of having tiny, dainty digits on the campaign trail.
“You know what they say about men with small hands… you can’t trust ‘em!” Rubio told supporters at a February rally.
On March 3, during the Fox News-moderated GOP debate, Trump expressed his outrage that anyone would doubt the size of his hands and, by implied extension, his manhood.
“Nobody has ever hit my hands,” Trump said. “I’ve never heard of this one… he [Rubio] referred to my hands — if they are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you, that’s no problem.”
Trump actually does have a long history of being mocked for his hands. In the late 1980s, Trump became the favorite target of “Spy” magazine, a publication that mocked New York elitism.
The magazine began referring to the business mogul repeatedly as a “short-fingered vulgarian.”
On March 7, the magazine’s co-founder Graydon Carter told NPR that Trump never forgave the joke.
“[Trump] blames me for this… he’ll send me pictures, tear sheets from magazines, and he did it as recently as [last] April,” Carter said. “With a gold sharpie, he’ll circle his fingers and in his handwriting say, ‘See, not so short.’”
Carter added that he is confident that the business mogul’s hands remain a point of insecurity.
“And I know it just gives him absolute fits,” Carter continued. “And now that it’s become sort of part of the whole campaign rhetoric, I’m sure he wants to just kill me — with those little hands.”
Mocking the GOP front-runners’ hands has quickly become vogue in popular culture. Even the opinion-sharing app Yelp got in on the action with an update message to iOS device users, Mashable reports.
“Our latest release easily trumps our old version, it’s usable no matter how small your hands are!” the app stated.
Now Kraemer, who says he has not settled on a candidate for president, has joined in applying scrutiny to Trump’s digits. Filing his "Donald Trump Has Tiny Hands PAC" on March 7, the Oregon resident stated that the business mogul’s hands are an important national concern.
“When a call comes in to the White House at 3 a.m., will Donald Trump’s tiny baby hands be able to lift the phone receiver?” Kraemer said. “This is something Americans should know before voting.”