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  1. Zugzwang
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    13 Feb '17 21:13
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/13/donald-trumps-handshake-strong-grip-weak

    "Donald Trump's handshake: never has such a strong grip looked so weak:
    No American president has ever tried to look as hyper-masculine while in
    fact looking so petty to such a large number of people and governments."
    --Moustafa Bayoumi

    "Why can’t Donald Trump just shake hands like a regular person?
    Instead of the simple clutch of palms that humans have used for ages to
    demonstrate friendship, Trump jerks and pulls hard on people’s arms,
    almost knocking them off balance.

    His handshake with Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s own nominee for the
    supreme court, went this way. And it’s a good thing Japanese Prime
    Minister Shinzo Abe was already seated when they greeted each other for
    the cameras.

    I have no idea how large Trump’s hands really are, but his handshakes are
    small, hyper-masculine demonstrations of strength, as if he’s afraid even of
    the decorum of equality that a handshake brings. With this bizarre
    behavior, Trump turns basic social etiquette into a weird exercise of
    authority, giving us one lens through which we can see this president’s
    style of leadership."

    "The production of fear is central to Trump’s policies. And while he and his
    administration insist you believe their leadership is all-powerful in the face
    of these mortal threats, they confuse the exercise of power for power itself.

    Of course, they have the awesome resources of the government behind
    them, and with those means, Trump and his team have embarked on a
    series of executive orders and actions that are already wreaking havoc on
    some of the most vulnerable groups in our society – almost all non-white,
    we should note – and those attacks will no doubt grow. But is beating up
    on the weakest among us really a show of strength?"

    "The one who appears alone and atomized in this drama is actually Donald
    Trump. He is the one with a constant need to demonstrate his might, to
    harp neurotically on his win, to belittle others and aggrandize himself.
    But rather than consolidating his strength, these actions disarm Trump’s
    power. No American president has looked weaker and pettier to such a
    large number of people and governments across the globe."
  2. SubscriberSuzianne
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    14 Feb '17 08:57
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/13/donald-trumps-handshake-strong-grip-weak

    "Donald Trump's handshake: never has such a strong grip looked so weak:
    No American president has ever tried to look as hyper-masculine while in
    fact looking so petty to such a large number of people and governments."
    --Moustafa Bayoumi

    "Why can’t Dona ...[text shortened]... looked weaker and pettier to such a
    large number of people and governments across the globe."
    It's called compensation.

    Much like those who drive the most gargantuan pickup trucks have the tiniest penises.
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    14 Feb '17 09:29
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/13/donald-trumps-handshake-strong-grip-weak

    "Donald Trump's handshake: never has such a strong grip looked so weak:
    No American president has ever tried to look as hyper-masculine while in
    fact looking so petty to such a large number of people and governments."
    --Moustafa Bayoumi

    "Why can’t Dona ...[text shortened]... looked weaker and pettier to such a
    large number of people and governments across the globe."
    a visual and cringeworthy visual aid:

    YouTube
  4. Zugzwang
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    16 Feb '17 00:35
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/15/trump-yank-shake-us-president-handshakes-self-serving

    "What does Donald Trump’s handshake say about him?:
    The US president’s aggressive ‘yank-shakes’ are like his political pronouncements –
    unpredictable and self-serving."
  5. Standard memberSoothfast
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    16 Feb '17 00:50
    My aunt, years ago, had a boss who sexually harassed her. I met him once before that happened, and when we shook hands he made a point of squeezing my hand with what I imagine was as much force as he could muster. It really set off my internal analog douche-nozzle alarm.
  6. Zugzwang
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    16 Feb '17 01:03
    Originally posted by Soothfast
    My aunt, years ago, had a boss who sexually harassed her. I met him once before that happened, and when we shook hands he made a point of squeezing my hand with what I imagine was as much force as he could muster. It really set off my internal analog douche-nozzle alarm.
    I always have been wary of any man who would crush my hand to show off his power.
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