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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 21 20:15:04 EDT 2016


And his bizarre brag-fantasy about shooting someone on Fifth Avenue
and not losing a single voter....

JL

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 8:01 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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