President Trump responded to news that Beto O’Rourke will be launching a 2020 campaign for the White House as only he can – by mocking the longshot challenger.
The particular target of Trump’s comic relief is the Democrat’s hands, which he believes are so consistently active that they make him appear “crazy.”
“I’ve never seen so much hand movement,” the President said after being asked about O’Rourke’s announcement. “I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'”
After announcing the White House bid, O’Rourke talked to patrons at a coffee house in Keokuk, Iowa, where his hands stole the show.
Newsweek fawned over the display, describing Beto’s hands as ‘captivating.’
— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) March 14, 2019
The President kindly disagrees.
“I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it,” Trump said. “Study it. I’m sure you’ll agree.”
— Independent (@RhondaBarket) March 14, 2019
This isn’t the first time hands have played a role in the war of words for competing presidential candidates. President Trump famously defended his hand size against attacks from Florida Republican Marco Rubio during the 2016 primary.
And it’s not the first time Beto and Trump have clashed, partaking in competing rallies at the southern border last month where the latter mocked his opponent’s crowd size.
Is Trump Worried?
Goodnatured ribbing aside, should Trump be worried about Beto’s candidacy?
He has the backing of television legend Oprah Winfrey, who offered him a network interview in New York City recently, allowing an opportunity to significantly improve his public profile.
Obama referred to O’Rourke as an “impressive young man who ran a terrific race in Texas” and compared the candidate to himself.
And he certainly knows how to raise funds. The fact remains, however, that despite the massive war chest he amassed in 2018 in Texas against Senator Ted Cruz, he still lost his race.
The President declined to choose his favorite opponent between O’Rourke and former vice president Joe Biden, only saying “Whoever it is I’ll take him or her on.”
Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich said Trump needn’t focus his efforts on Beto, claiming the Democrat’s only destiny is to “keep losing.”
While the President is known to give his opponents effective and crippling nicknames (see Crooked Hillary, Lyin’ Ted), White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley indicates that there’s no need in the case of Beto.
They’ll simply call him by his real name – Robert Francis O’Rourke.
“He’s called him that before on the campaign trail, and why wouldn’t he, that’s his name,” Gidley said during an appearance on Fox News.
That doesn’t mean he won’t make fun of a very mockable O’Rourke. The man with crazy hands once live streamed his own dental cleaning for his rabid followers.