Donald Trump recently attributed mysterious red marks on his hand to “AI” during a press event in Washington.
The former president, who was questioned about the noticeable red stains on his palm, initially showed his right hand in response before being corrected that the marks were seen on his left hand.
To this, Trump responded, “Nothing, maybe it was AI.” The red marks became a topic of interest when Trump was on his way to court for E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case in New York, a case he eventually lost, resulting in an $83 million payment to Carroll.
Representatives later explained that the red stains were the result of Trump getting blood on his hand from paper cuts. Speculation about the cause of the marks ranged widely online, with some suggesting they were from ketchup, a favorite of the former president known for his love of fast food.
The marks, which were visible as Trump left his Manhattan apartment for the trial, had vanished in later images and videos from a campaign rally in New Hampshire, leading to further speculation.
The phenomenon, dubbed “Trump bumps” on social media platform X, prompted various theories about its origin, including golf injuries, medical conditions, or the aftermath of a fall. Some even suggested the red marks could be from ink related to top-secret documents. Amid the speculation, Trump reappeared without any visible red marks or signs of injury, quelling rumors of a serious health issue.
The incident sparked a wide range of conjecture, from casual observers to media personalities on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” who proposed everything from red marker to exacerbation from physical actions during the trial. Dermatologists have also weighed in, suggesting potential causes like accidental harm or a rash.
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