President Donald Trump was heavily criticized for a cringe-inducing embrace of a young supporter at a signing ceremony on Thursday.
After signing an executive order to shelter conservative students on college campuses, Trump embraced one of the supporters invited to the White House — and even appeared to kiss the young woman.
Maybe just shake her hand next time? pic.twitter.com/dugI15PFM9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 21, 2019
The internet was shocked by the incident, especially in light of the young woman’s physical similarities to the commander-in-chief’s daughter.
Here is what some people were saying:
"When you’re a president, they let you do it. You can do anything."
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) March 21, 2019
Donald Trump: "You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."
Yep, we know, Donald!
Trump probably should just shake young ladies' hands. That's what VP Mike Pence would do!
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) March 21, 2019
— David F. Soros (@WiselinePRT) March 21, 2019
Did he think it was Ivanka?
— Alex Singer (@AlexCSinger16) March 21, 2019
He thought it was Tiffany.
— Pashie Bee (@Sister_Bee) March 21, 2019
Frotteurism is a disorder in which a person derives sexual pleasure or gratification from rubbing, especially the genitals, against another person, usually in a crowd. The person being rubbed is a victim. https://t.co/Ut5BXLKrLV
— Bernadette Foley (@forestland6) March 21, 2019
— littlebit (@littlebit_mia) March 21, 2019
There's not enough "ewww" in the world for this. https://t.co/aWHqh1w1hR
— Lani Kai Slayer (@LaniKaiDuck) March 21, 2019
— Peter Kohan (@peterkohan) March 21, 2019
this is disgusting https://t.co/QafpobOYWg
— Dani Shaw (@deeshaw) March 21, 2019
The girl in red got a hug & kiss, the rest handshakes.
Must have reminded him of Stormy or Ivanka.
— Seaη O (@seanodotcom) March 21, 2019
This is so uncomfortable https://t.co/3hZJrSgULD
— Brett Glover (@CBGlover) March 21, 2019
Cringe…she needed a safe spaced where 45 is not, but, alas, no such thing at the White House.
Thanks Orange Man for demonstrating the problem.
— To What End (@ToWhatEnd1) March 21, 2019
#WTF This is not how a grown man approaches and interacts with a girl young enough to be his grandchild. This is wrong. And, don’t start with the “she was ok with it” crap. She clearly expected a handshake. @realDonaldTrump can’t stop himself. #Ephebophilia https://t.co/2tQYdpYyHH
— Patty Roberts (@pattylroberts) March 21, 2019
Watch the full video:
We are here today to take historic action to defend American Students and American Values. In a few moments, I will be signing an Executive Order to protect FREE SPEECH on College Campuses.https://t.co/gFFnSl1bEF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2019