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Why Donald Trump Has Been Sending Vanity Fair Editor Pictures of His Hands for 25 Years

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For the last 25 years, Donald Trump has been sending pictures of his hands to Graydon Carter to prove his fingers are properly proportioned, the Vanity Fair editor has revealed.

The bizarre, decades-long feud between the journalist and the billionaire presidential candidate began when Carter wrote an essay for Spy magazine calling Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian,” Carter wrote in this month’s editor’s letter.

“The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination,” Carter said in the piece titled “Why Donald Trump Will Always Be a ‘Short-Fingered Vulgarian.’

Graydon Carter (left) and Donald Trump
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty; Alex Wong/Getty
“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.’ ”

Carter wrote that Trump sends “the occasional envelope” of torn-out magazine pages, “On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers.”

Just days after the piece was published, Trump posted a tweet, calling Carter “grubby.”

“Rumor has it that the grubby head of failing @VanityFair Magazine, ‘sloppy’ Graydon Carter, is going to be fired or replaced very soon?”

Over the decades, Trump and Carter’s feud has progressed from magazine pages to social media.

Trump has slammed Carter in several tweets, calling the editor a “real loser” “dopey” and criticizing his role as Vanity Fair’s editor and his “bad food restaurants.”

The editor’s piece is the latest in the finger-feud though, and after all these years, Carter writes that Trump’s “fingers still look abnormally stubby.”

Trump defended his phalanges to Page Six in 2011.

“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body,” he said.