Former Democratic Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke's candidacy for the 2020 election may only be a day old, but he's already demonstrating a more presidential temperament than the current occupant of the White House.
Reacting to O'Rourke's 2020 campaign announcement on Thursday, President Donald Trump told reporters:
“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? So uh, I’ve never seen hand movement - I’ve never actually seen anything like it. Study it - you’ll agree."
tRump on March 14, 2019 comments on Beto O'Rourke's hands. https://t.co/FiViJOv8rH— Jeffrey Guterman (@Jeffrey Guterman)1552645960.0
O'Rourke was asked about the President's comments and his answer said everything:
“I have nothing to say to that...I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness — they want us to be big, bold, ambitious for this country."
Watch the moment below:
WATCH: Beto O'Rourke responds to President Trump mocking his hand movements https://t.co/IA8NOg6gOU https://t.co/cUvaVZ5NHb— The Hill (@The Hill)1552603500.0
The response was laden with a maturity that used to define the office for which he's running.
@thehill The response is Presidential!— Sophia ~ #FINALRIDE (@Sophia ~ #FINALRIDE)1552603614.0
@thehill How refreshing. A normal person...— Monica Harvey (@Monica Harvey)1552603569.0
@thehill #Beto is a Class Act unlike the guy living in Our White House!!!— Nana2Jordyn💕😇🌊#TheResistance#ImpeachTrump (@Nana2Jordyn💕😇🌊#TheResistance#ImpeachTrump)1552606245.0
@thehill I love a class act. #BetoORourke— JamesOverholser (@JamesOverholser)1552617673.0
But when they go low, not everyone can go high...
@thehill After this gif I’ll rise above it ... https://t.co/X7kZG1PJQx— Paul Gladden (@Paul Gladden)1552613268.0
@thehill Hand movements.... https://t.co/PLYkJkvz01— Canuckistani ن (@Canuckistani ن)1552604130.0
Some thought Trump's self consciousness about his own hands spurred him to comment on O'Rourke's in the first place.
@thehill Maybe Trump is jealous of the size of Beto's hands. Trump needs to watch video of his rallies where he d… https://t.co/fVjSDzC52N— sue Siebenaller (@sue Siebenaller)1552604326.0
@thehill Trump (hands) 'Small and petty'. Beto (hands) 'Big and bold'.— Phlox (@Phlox)1552605997.0
@thehill Funny that Trump would bring up Beto's hands. They are rather large.— S. Lea Jones (@S. Lea Jones)1552605006.0
I think Trump just realized how big Beto's hands are and he's freaking out— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1552580605.0
But when it comes to decorum, we have to hand it to Beto.