Donald Trump — February 2, 2017

WATCH: Pr*sident Trump uses the “Yank and Pull” power play handshake on SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch


In the world of handshakes, there numerous different types. One well-known one is the “Yank and Pull” handshake designed to manipulate and demean its recipient:

Yank and Pull: This handshake is considered a power play, as it’s when a person decides to grab your arm and pull you in close towards them and inside their territory/personal space. There are three possible reasons for this: firstly the person may be feeling insecure and needs you to be in their own territory in order to feel comfortable and safe, or secondly they come from a culture/city that requires smaller space needs, or finally, they want to take control and get you off balance. In any of these cases, they should be considered manipulative because the persons wants things done a certain way.

Immediately following his speech accepting Pr*sident Trump’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch was publicly subjected to this power play handshake in front of a global audience by Trump. It starts around the 16-second mark in the video below. Trump yanks Gorsuch in once, then twice, then, just as Gorsuch is returning to the podium to collect his notes, a third time. The last yank is so violent that Judge Gorsuch is nearly pulled off his feet as his body is jerked toward Trump:

The unspoken message was clear: “Stay in line, mister. Do NOT forget that.”

This was done to a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, a man Donald Trump himself describes as ” brilliant mind” with “outstanding legal skills”. And he has just been made subservient to the President of the United States of America.

*Donald Trump is the largest loser of the popular vote in history to become the President of the United States of America.

  • And I’ll bet he didn’t wash his hands either …

  • fernaig

    I actually googled this and did some searching because I thought it might have been altered. I’m horrified to realize it’s a thing and that it’s something he does all the time. It’s absolutely learned and deliberate. And proves again (as if we needed any more proof) that the man is unfit for this role.

  • David

    Lol Trumps awesome

    • Sheila

      If by awesome you mean a monster, then yes. Monsters can be awesome, as can devils.

    • lexngton

      Your SUCH a DICK for even saying such a stupid thing!

  • Sheila

    “F*ck up and you won’t be fired, you’ll be DEAD!!!”–DJT to JNG

    • Tsveno

      Waaaa. You’re such a child. Go back to reading fairytales about the much overrated, coattail-rider, Hillary Clnton.

  • Sondra Stevens

    Gorsuch was prepared for it, having done his homework. He kept a wide distance from Trump to maintain independence and resisted the control with an expertise that shows Gorsuch is no puppet. He will resist the authoritarian physically and intellectually.

    • Sondra Stevens

      I also got the indication throughout the event that Gorsuch doesn’t like Trump at all.Check the expression on his face after handshake when he turns back to the podium. He knows what Trump is.

  • I would love to meet President Trump and have a hand shake. His tiny hand would be unable to sign lame executive orders after I give him a dose of his own bully medicine. This guy has lined up so much bad karma that I can hardly wait for it to unravel on him. I wait in suspense and will enjoy every minute of it when it happens and it will BIGLY!

  • Tsveno

    You’re all such babies. That’s how many business men and people of influence shake hands. It isn’t only about displaying power. It also shows appreciation and enthusiasm. Grow up and maybe you’ll give or receive a handshake like that someday too.

    • You sycophantic Trump supporters are adorable li’l snowflakes, I’ll say that much for you.

      • Tsveno

        You’re on the losing side of history. Hence, your digitized vomit means nothing. Enjoy your irrelevance.

    • Erik Ray

      Dude, no one shows appreciation and enthusiasm in business by nearly tugging someone off their feet during a publicized handshake. I hope you don’t really think that.

  • Linda Smith

    Dumb. Report something important.