Matt Frei Questions Whether Germophobe Trump Would Grope People

18 October 2016, 10:08

Matt Frei: Donald Trump Was A Germophobe. Would He Really Touch People?

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When Matt Frei met Donald Trump, he found a germophobe who hated human contact. He questions wheter a man so obsessed with personal hygiene would really grope people.

The LBC presenter, by no means a fan of Mr Trump, met him in 2013 when he was considering running for President.

And he told the fascinating story of how he had to force the property magnate to shake hands. That story gives a contradictory view of Trump to the one that is accused of groping women.

Speaking on his Saturday morning LBC show, Matt said: "I have to say he was perfectly charming and a little bit feisty doing the interview but we started off on a good note.

"And I wanted to know from him about his obsession with germs, germophobia. And he said "Yes I hate germs, I hate em, hate em". And I said well if you're going to run for President, you're going to have to shake people's hands.

"He looked at me almost as if this kind of thought had never really occurred to him before and he said "Yes, I don't like shaking people's hands because I don't want contagion".

"And I thought well why don't we practice and I held out my hand and we kind of both looked at my hand. It looked more like a fin than a hand at the time, sort of hovering in mid-air. And we looked at it. I felt a bit stupid doing it actually, but I thought let's just try this.

"I said let's practice and then he shook the hand, rather graciously, if reluctantly and and then I withdrew the hand and and we we carried on our conversation.

"Anyway, I bring up the hand, the over-sanitised hand, because I find it hard to believe that a man who's so obsessed with personal hygiene  and hand sanitiser, with the preciousness of his hand, would do the things with his hand that he's been accused of doing.

"I mean I'm not saying it's impossible. I just struck me as an interesting, rather contradictory insight into a man who is really quite complex and I think has quite a few issues. We all have issues, but his issues have come to the fore thanks to the scrutiny of the campaign and they need to be discussed especially in the next 24 days before America actually goes to vote."

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