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

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jul 22 11:07:49 EDT 2016


What moved me away from a "six-gun" interpretation is the repeated jabbing at Melania.  (I did not see his "dig this" gesture at Pence live, and don't recall whether there was similar jabbing, or fewer jabs.)  And it was jabbing, horizontal like a thrust with a sword, not a repeated pointing and lifting (cocking?) his finger.

My impression is: "Look at her ... she's mine ... and I can fuck her any time I want."  


I suppose I might have to rethink given Trump's use of a similar gesture at Pence ... or perhaps not?  "He's mine ... and ...".  Or if I remember that a six-gun can be shot off, before having to reload the chamber ... well, I suppose six times,except in oaters.  But then again, one can shoot off repeatedly in an ejaculation.

Joel

      From: Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
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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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