President Trump Wonders If Beto O’Rourke’s Hand Gestures Mean He’s ‘Crazy’

The president has been known to wildly gesticulate himself while speaking.

Is a person waving his hands around when he talks a sign of mental instability? President Trump seems to think so in the case of Beto O’Rourke.

The president held a pool spray with White House reporters on Thursday morning just before a meeting with Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar. Asked for his opinion on the latest Democratic entry into the presidential field, Trump responded, “I think he has a lot of hand movement. Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts? … I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it.”

He added, “Study it. I’m sure you’ll agree.”

Needless to say, there is actual science behind people who gesture a lot while talking, and it does not indicate the presence of whatever Trump’s idea of craziness is. In fact, given that psychologists believe hand gestures help a speaker communicate thoughts more effectively, perhaps President Word Salad should give it a try occasionally.

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Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.