"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."
"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
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."