If you haven’t noticed, the way Donald Trump shakes hands with people is really, really bizarre. It’s not so much a shake as it is a tug, and sometimes he throws in a pat for good measure. It’s weird and it needs to stop.
Let’s take a look at a few examples of this weird Trump greeting.
First, his SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch:
This handshake between Trump and Neil Gorsuch is so freaking weird.pic.twitter.com/azkxwWtzsh
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) February 2, 2017
British PM Theresa May:
Japanese PM Shinzō Abe:
— Financial Times (@FT) February 10, 2017
If you didn’t notice, that lasted 19 seconds.
Here’s Trump with Prime Minister Abe again:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 10, 2017
Now, while these are just a few examples. Notice, how Trump grabs hands. He seems to make sure, especially with the men, that he grabs them, pulls them forward and shows some form of dominance. At times even yanking them.
Look at some of these images:
And what’s with the shoulder grab?:
Is it because he needs to overcompensate for insecurity? Maybe. Is it because he needs the visual to look like he’s the guy in charge? Maybe. Is it because he was never taught how to properly shake hands? Maybe. In fact, maybe it’s all of the above. However, what we do know is that it’s weird and awkward and someone should tell him to stop.
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