A few decades ago, journalist Graydon Carter referred to Donald Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian,” and ever since then, he’s been notoriously insecure about the size of his hands. That insecurity reached absurd heights on Friday, with new speculation that Trump may have photoshopped his hand to make it look bigger in a photograph that’s now hanging in the White House.
It appears to have begun with a tweet from The Observer’s Dana Schwartz, who spotted a picture of Trump hanging in the White House during an ABC interview with the new president. Schwartz posted that image, which depicts President Obama speaking with Trump on inauguration day, next to a Getty image of the same encounter, and noted that Trump’s hand appeared bigger in the White House photo. Bustle has reached out to the White House for comment.
“Trump 100% photoshopped his hand bigger for this picture hanging in the white house, which is the most embarassing thing I’ve ever seen,” Schwartz wrote.
The side-by-side comparison got over 20,000 retweets within two hours, but the difference was very subtle. Did Trump truly edit a picture of him in order to make his hand look better, or was this just yet another example of the Internet prematurely jumping to a reasonable-sounding but ultimately unsubstantiated conclusion?
Take a look:
— Joaquin Baldwin (@joabaldwin) January 27, 2017
Joaquin Baldwin, a layout artist for Disney, argued that the image was modified. He created a gif that allegedly flips between the Getty images source and the White House print, and in it, Trump’s hand is clearly bigger in the White House print. Moreover, parts of the background around his hand balloon out as well; as Baldwin pointed out, this strongly suggests that somebody warped the photo to enlarge Trump’s hand.