Donald Trump, the overgrown toddler who has somehow risen to become the Republican presidential nominee, would like the public to believe his skin is as thick as the hide of a Tyrannosaurus rex, so one would suspect the comments of Hollywood legend Helen Mirren about his appearance will roll right off his back. However, the public knows Trump’s skin is as thin as the excuses he has offered to explain why he refuses to release his taxes.
Mirren was attending a lunch in New York City at the posh Le Bernardin, which boasts caviar at $155 an ounce, to promote her new film “Eye in the Sky.” She took time out of her busy promotional schedule to generously say a few words about the orange failed businessman. Mirren said of Trump:
I think there are a few old dinosaurs left, and I think Mr. Trump is one of them. Enormous body, small head, small hands. Those little dinosaury hands. But you know, I am a great optimist. I believe in the young and young women. I think the dinosaurs will die out.
Mirren’s dig at Trump is certainly a sore spot for the faux-billionaire, and one which has afflicted him for decades. The observation of Trump’s childlike hands began in the 1980s by now Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter who wrote in “Spy magazine” that Trump was a “short-fingered vulgarian.”
According to Carter his comments incensed Trump so badly that he has carried a grudge for years, and regularly sends Carter pictures of his hands, with the fingers circled in golden sharpie with a comment, “See, not so short!” Trump even once said in defense of his sausage-like appendages:
My fingers are long and beautiful, as, has been well-documented, are various other parts of my body.
Trump’s short fingers have become so renowned there is even a political action committee named “Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands” which demands Trump “release the measurements” as they are rightly concerned, “If the White House phone rings at 3 a.m. will his little hands even pick up the receiver?”
The comparison to Trump to a tyrannosaurus rex earlier, however, was not accurate. If one were to liken Trump to a dinosaur, then only one is apt, the Microraptor, which is the smallest dinosaur ever discovered.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.