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In 2016, political commentator Ben Shapiro claimed in a tweet to be 5'9" (170cm) tall

LOL! Even I, at a strapping 5'9", have bigger hands than 6'2" Trump. Sad! Weak!

He received a lot of mocking responses on the tweet and Reddit

Is it true that Ben Shapiro is 5'9''. I'm skeptical because he doesn't look that tall.

I found this counter-claim photo online

Ben Shapiro

Notability

  • In the context of the tweet, he's claiming that he's shorter than Trump. Is him being even shorter than 5'9" inconsistent with what he was saying? – Andrew Grimm Feb 3 at 5:33
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    @AndrewGrimm yes, being shorter than 5'9'' is inconsistent with saying you're 5'9''. (imho) – Evan Carroll Feb 3 at 5:37
  • allstarbio.com/… – Daniel R Hicks Feb 3 at 13:41
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    When this question was asked, I thought "Who cares?" but I searched and found it was a widely debated topic. I don't want to use my supervote to override the community, and I don't see how this question can be definitively answered, but I think it is notable. – Oddthinking Feb 3 at 22:34
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    @EvanCarroll: Talking of distracting information, I found the photo to be challenging. The Internet can't decide if Ted Cruz is 5'8", 5'10" or 5'11". The Internet seems to find these discussions endlessly interesting, but how can we resolve it? – Oddthinking Feb 3 at 22:51

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