USA Today Wants Americans to Stop Hugging, Shaking Hands

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The following is a transcript of Todd’s morning radio commentary.

Hello Americans. I’m Todd Starnes with news and commentary next. 

USA Today is calling for an end to handshakes, hugs and cheek kisses. 

The newspaper embracing Dr. Anthony Fauci’s declaration that Americans should never again shake hands. 


The newspaper published a serious essay calling on the country to consider other ways to personally greet one another. They even provided a graphic with examples of how we should engage with folks.

Shafia Zaloom is a health educator at the Urban School in San Francisco. She recommended a number of safer methods to say howdy do.

Like waving hands or doing the elbow bump. She also said we should consider bowing our heads, putting our hands over our hearts — and even sharing foot taps. 

This is what life must look like in a post-pandemic society. 

All that to say, good luck to USA Today trying to enforce that no hugging ban in the Deep South. 

That’s gonna be a hard sale for the church ladies – not to mention Southern grandmothers. 

And if a man comes at me with one of those foot taps — don’t be surprised if my other foot lands somewhere else.