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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 21 20:01:55 EDT 2016


The question remains: Do other people commonly use the six-gun gesture
to point innocently?

Not to get Freudian, but cf. DT's gratuitous public insistence on the
size of his (I assume) penis, his repeated assertions that people
should carry guns to deter terrorists, and the strange claim, "I’m
really good at war."

JL

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:36 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> FWIW, Trump made the same "dig this" pointing gesture at Mike Pence last
> night, right after his bizarre air kiss.
>
> http://time.com/4417439/donald-trump-mike-pence-kiss/
>
> On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:12 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>> JL
>>
>>
>>
>> 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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