Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and jokes about the size of his hands have one thing in common: Both of them have become unbearable with time.
When the media mogul announced his run for president in June, it was mostly seen — and treated by the media — as a gimmick. But with the passage of time, after all the unabashed display of bigotry and violence, one can only hope for his candidacy to end.
Similarly, when Trump’s critics began commenting on his “little fingers” in jest, it sounded funny at first. But all of it sounds annoying now, considering how more important (read: real) issues are heartlessly ignored.
Both during and after the 11th Republican presidential debate hosted in Detroit, Michigan, by Fox News, the one thing that appeared to matter was Trump’s anatomy.
"Look at those hands, are they small hands?" the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination said, before addressing a recent jab from Republican rival Marco Rubio. "And he referred to my hands — 'If they're small, something else must be small.' I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee."
While some people found it hilarious, for many, it was a point of concern for one very simple reason: There are real problems in the U.S. hurting real people. And it’s high time the GOP candidates began discussing them instead of trading insults. It’s not funny anymore.
It is outrageous how despite the debate being held in Michigan, the candidates and moderators bothered to spare only two minutes to discuss Flint, where thousands of people are facing a catastrophic water crisis. (For more on this, click here.)
Not one GOP hopeful addressed reports about three white supremacists who allegedly assaulted Hispanic teens in Stephen Sorensen Park while screaming “Heil Hitler” and other racial slurs, waving around a wallet with a confederate flag until a family intervened.
Another pressing issue that merited more time than it was actually given during the debate was about Detroit Public Schools, which could completely run out of money by April.
It is bad enough that Republican candidates and Fox News’ seasoned anchors sidelined the aforementioned problems for the sake of Trump’s hands. People on the Internet should not make it worse by giving the foul-mouthed billionaire more attention than he deserves.
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