Vanity Fair editor: Trump trying to prove he’s not a ‘short-fingered vulgarian’
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The editor of Vanity Fair magazine says a description of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE’s fingers as “abnormally stubby” sparked a decades-long feud with the GOP presidential candidate.


Graydon Carter writes in his editor’s letter in the magazine’s November issue that he’s known Trump for more than three decades.

“Like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer,” the scribe writes. “He thinks nothing of saying the most hurtful thing about someone else, but when he hears a whisper that runs counter to his own vainglorious self-image, he recoils like a caged ferret.”

So 66-year-old Carter, who co-founded Spy magazine, says, “just to drive [Trump] a little bit crazy” more than 25 years ago, he began dubbing him a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the pages of the satirical monthly magazine.

“To this day,” writes Carter, “I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him — generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers.”

Carter reflects on the digit-based battle, writing, “I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby.”

The journalist — who penned the book "What We’ve Lost: How the Bush Administration has Curtailed our Freedoms, Mortgaged our Economy, Ravaged our Environment, and Damaged our Standing in the World" in 2004 — says the most recent delivery from Trump came earlier this year, before the real estate mogul announced his White House run in June. “Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: ‘See, not so short!’ I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, ‘Actually, quite short.’ Which I can only assume gave him fits.”

While Trump's finger length may be up for debate, Carter says the current Republican front-runner has “certainly lasted longer than his detractors would have initially guessed.”

“He may be giving the American political system the roughing up it so sorely needs, but even the remote possibility that one of those tiny fingers could be within reach of the nuclear hot button should give any sane Republican the chills,” Carter concludes in his letter.