Donald Trump has been defending the size of his hands, among other things, since Marco Rubio took a jab at them at a recent campaign rally. But how did Rubio know this was such a sensitive subject?
Graydon Carter was the editor and founder of the now defunct Spy magazine when he apparently became the first person to discover Trump’s sensitivities regarding his hands. Carter, who is now the editor of Vanity Fair, spoke with NPR about how the situation unfolded and what has occurred since.
Carter called Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian” back in the 1980s, but the billionaire hasn’t forgotten.
“He’ll send me pictures, tear sheets from magazines, and he did it as recently as [last] April. With a gold Sharpie, he’ll circle his fingers and in his handwriting say, ‘See, not so short,'” Carter told NPR.
Carter explained that when he received the message last April, he “should have held on to the thing, but I sent it right back by messenger with a note, a card — stapled to the top, saying, ‘Actually, quite short.'”
The man who found Trump’s insecurity is well aware that his thirty-year-old comment has made waves
“I know it just gives him absolute fits. 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,” Carter said.
As we all know, Trump ended up defending his hands in front of 16.9 million people. “Look at these hands,” Trump said during the recent GOP debate. “Are these small hands?”
Listen to the interview below.