The president made the remarks on Thursday morning while meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House.
O’Rourke’s hand movements during a video he posted online early Thursday that announced he was running became a focus of online fascination.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
“I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said ‘is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'” the president said. “So I’ve never seen hand movement. I watched him a little while this morning, doing I assume it was some kind of a news conference. I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it. Study it, I’m sure you’ll agree.”
Trump says Beto had a lot of hand movement, wonders if he is crazy pic.twitter.com/i3Q2SloJD8— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) March 14, 2019
The president was not alone in noticing O’Rourke’s hands in the video, but his knock on the 2020 hopeful’s hands struck many people online as ironic, considering his own hand movements during speeches are well known.
Trump has a long history of criticizing people for things he himself is guilty of.
Lol. Trump ragging on Beto for excessive "hand movement."— Shelly (@TexHellCat) March 14, 2019
At least they're BIG hands. 😁
Trump: Beto moves his hands too much…must be crazy or something…— happysnarkygal2 (@happysnarkygal2) March 14, 2019
Me: Bruh… pic.twitter.com/IExropeXFo
Maybe Trump will unveil a hands-related nickname for O’Rourke soon?