A history of Donald Trump, his 'tiny' fingers - and gold Sharpies

By Catherine Burns
Newsbeat Reporter

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image captionNewsbeat's graphics department did a reconstruction - just in case you thought Trump has pink nails too

Donald Trump has some stand-out physical features. He's also got gold pens, apparently. More on that shortly.

First there's that mane of curiously-coloured hair.

The expressive mouth that seems to have a life of its own.

But please, take a second to consider his hands.

The blondish bombshell has defended the size of his digits after a particularly strange bit of name calling.

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image captionSquat or not?

His rival Marco Rubio said: "He's like 6'2", which is why I don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". And you know what they say about men with small hands?

"You can't trust them."

Trump knows that's not really what they say...

"Look at those hands, are they small hands?" he asked the audience in a TV debate.

"And if they're small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee."

So, American voters can rest assured that everything is in proportion with the would-be president.

He said this insult is a new one, claiming: "I have never heard of this."

But actually, he has been insulted over this before. In fact it dates back more than 25 years.

'The short-fingered vulgarian'

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image captionThe original insult. So weird

Comedy magazine Spy called him a "Short-Fingered Vulgarian". And when it became clear he didn't like it - they kept on doing it.

Last year, its former editor Graydon Carter told Vanity Fair he did it "just to drive him a little bit crazy."

And it seems it worked.

Gold Sharpie

Carter wrote: "To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump."

He explained "there is always a photo of him" that is generally torn 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."

image captionTrump's (gold) pen is probably not mightier than the sword

He claims the most recent one arrived after Trump announced he was running for president.

"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.'"

Others have chipped in, including David Bowie's son Duncan Jones.

Some are getting creative with Photoshop.

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