House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi reportedly dipped into the insults well in the school yard to mock Donald Trump on his way out of the White House and said she would pull him out by his “little hands”.
The size or opposite of Mr. Trump’s hands has been a longstanding insult aimed at hitting the president where it hurts him most, right in the ego.
“I’m counting down the hours until he’s gone,” Ms. Pelosi told her management team Politico. “I plan to pull him out by the hair, little hands and feet.”
While President-elect Joe Biden is calling for the country to heal with unity and empathy, Ms. Pelosi apparently had no such platitudes for the president during the Democrats’ weekend before the Covid-19 relief bill.
It was the final volley in an ongoing war between the two, which had reportedly not spoken to reporters for more than a year since an October 2019 meeting where Mr Trump described Ms. Pelosi as either a third or third class politician and Ms. Pelosi she must “pray for his health”.
Fighting in the campaign included Mr Trump, who appeared to intercept a handshake against the state of the Union, and Ms. Pelosi, who tore up his speech, as well as her infamous dagger clap calling Lucille Bluth Arrested development.
Of all the playground insults that have been tossed through the sacred government halls, Trump’s “little hands” remain a favorite of both enemies and enemies.
It goes back almost 30 years to a description of Mr. Trump as “short-fingered vulgar” by Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter, who said he wrote the comment in 1988 “just to drive it a little crazy”.
But it was popularized during the Republican presidential primaries by Marco Rubio, who responded to Mr. Trump’s insult “Little Marco” with a more political version of “I know you are but what am I”.
“He always calls me ‘little Marco’ and I admit he’s taller than me, he’s like 6’2” so I don’t understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5’2 “. Rubio said.
“Have you seen his hands? And you know what they say about men with small hands [pause for effect as the crowd chortled] you can’t trust them. ”
The ripping could have ended there if Mr Trump hadn’t made it an on-going issue during Republican debates and campaign rallies. During the Fox News debate in Ohio, Mr. Trump said Mr. Rubio “slapped his hands” but he “guarantees” that there is no problem with the size of anything else.
“He hit my hands. Nobody has ever hit my hands. I’ve never heard of them. Look at those hands,” said Mr. Trump, holding up his hands to the audience.
“Are they small hands? And he was referring to my hands – if they are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there will be no problem. I guarantee you.”