Trump Appears To Flip Off Female Astronaut For Gently Correcting Him

by Valerie Williams
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President Trump barely tried to conceal the vulgar gesture aimed at one of the astronauts taking part in the first all-female spacewalk

Welcome to the latest chapter of our dystopian hell-scape in which the actual President of the United States flipped the bird at one of the astronauts involved in the first all-female spacewalk that went down last week. Because his masculinity is as fragile as my sanity after chaperoning my son’s fourth grade field trip, Trump seemingly couldn’t take a woman correcting him when he was wrong — and only barely tried to hide the resulting vulgar hand gesture.

In speaking with Dr. Jessica Meir, Ph.D, during her spacewalk with fellow astronaut Christina Koch, Trump erroneously noted that this was “the first time for a woman outside of the space station.”

Dr. Meir very kindly explained that he was incorrect. “First of all, we don’t want to take too much credit because there have been many other female space walkers before us. This is just the first time there have been two women outside at the same time.” And that’s when we see Trump pretty deliberately deploying his middle finger for forehead-scratching duty. Not at all suspect.

Naturally, Trump and his defenders could easily brush this off as him simply wiping sweat from his forehead and yellow hair, and how dare we even suggest otherwise? Luckily, a body language expert and doctor weighed in with a 30-tweet thread explaining why it’s extremely likely that we saw exactly what we think we saw.

Dude has receipts. Many of them.

Most anyone watching the brief clip can tell exactly what Trump was trying to convey, and maybe the motion would’ve gone completely unnoticed had it been made by a man without a lifelong history of treating women like absolute shit. He’s called countless women vile names, disparaged them openly, and the number of women accusing him of sexual assault or harassment is into the many dozens. This is a man who doesn’t respect women and never has. That’s why it’s so easy to believe that he would flip the bird on camera at a respected (and respectful, I might add) female astronaut.

These are tough times for feeling constantly gaslit — the president lies as long as he’s talking and we’ve all witnessed the countless examples of watching him do or say a thing and then watching him immediately deny it, calling anyone who believes otherwise wrong. In this case, it’s on tape and couldn’t be more clear.

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