[Ads-l] (On topic?) Donald's gesture while introducing Melania

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 21 17:12:12 EDT 2016

I am neither a politician nor a gesturologist. However, I have watched
lots of TV.

To me, Trump's gesture suggests (without being blatantly obvious) the
words, "Dig this chick. Wild, hanh?"

I saw a still of him pointing at her in this way with his thumb cocked
in the familiar "six-gun" gesture. I take this to mean, perhaps
unconsciously, "And on top of that, I have a gun. Draw your own
conclusion, you weak, politically correct loser!"

Seriously, how many of us habitually point with our thumbs cocked in
this way?  I can't say I've ever noticed it anywhere.

Just my reading of it.


On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 1:47 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> While introducing his wife Melania to the GOP convention last night, at a time when (I believe) the audience was applauding her, Donald seemed to try to encourage their approval by pointing at her, repeatedly jabbing his right index finger, leftward across his body, towards her midsection.
> How do you-all interpret that gesture?
> Joel
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