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Find out for yourself how you measure up to Trump. Click here for a printable, life-size look at one of Trump’s hands.
Lincoln’s ghost. Nixon’s missing tapes. Carter and the killer rabbit. And now, to the long list of presidential mysteries, add the true size of Donald Trump’s hands.
It all started last spring, during the heat of the Republican primary, when Trump was taunting rival Marco Rubio by calling him “Little Marco.” The Florida senator struck back at a rally. “I’ll admit it, he’s taller than me,” he told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “He’s like 6’2″, which is why I don’t understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5’2″. And you know what they say about men with small hands? You can’t trust them.” Trump responded a few days later, at the Republican debate in Detroit. “Look at those hands, are they small hands?” he said, raising them for all to see. “And [Rubio] referred to my hands — ‘If they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you, there’s no problem. I guarantee.”
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The story kept pundits and reporters busy for weeks, and even inspired the creation of a political action committee — Trump Has Tiny Hands PAC officially filed with the Federal Election Commission on March 7— with the sole purpose of discovering the real size of Trump’s hands. Rumors of a cement casting of Trump’s hands — literally concrete proof — began swirling in Chicago, where locals remembered that, in 1998, Trump and his children attended a press event for the opening of the nearly completed Trump International Hotel and Tower and were photographed having concrete molds of their hands made. At the time, it was reported that the castings would be incorporated into the construction of the tower. But last March, when the news site Vocativ sent reporters to the building to investigate, the hands were nowhere to be found (“Mysterious Disappearance of Donald Trump’s Cement Handprints,” shrieked the headline of Vocativ‘s story).
Now, however, thanks to THR, the mystery of Trump’s hands can finally be solved. While the staff hasn’t found the lost concrete molds from Chicago, editors did learn that, in 1997, a team of wax figure artists from Madame Tussauds visited Trump’s office in Trump Tower in New York to take measurements and make impressions of various body parts — including his hands — to help them construct a life-size wax replica for the museum’s New York branch on 42nd Street. One of those handprints has been hiding in plain sight ever since: on a plaque on the wall as guests exit the museum. Tussauds won’t comment on why they’ve kept Trump’s hand on the wall for nearly 20 years — even though the Trump wax figure was retired from the collection in 2011 — but it’s clearly been a boon for business these past months, with scores of tourists flocking to the Times Square museum to compare digits with Trump’s.
The scientifically objective results: Trump does indeed have hands just below average size, particularly for a man standing 6-foot-2. According to various human anatomy websites, the average-height American adult male (5-foot-10) has an average hand size (measured from the tip of the middle finger to the wrist) of 7.44 inches. Trump’s measures 7.25 inches. (His shoe size, incidentally, is reportedly 12, but THR editors have so far been unable to locate a Trump footprint).
How do you measure up? Click here to download a printable, life-size pdf of Donald Trump’s right hand. Find out who is the bigger man or woman.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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