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.
When gently corrected by one of the astronauts about how other women have spacewalked, Donald Trump uses his middle finger to "fix" his hair.
How is this even real life? pic.twitter.com/9bnj7XfY1m
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 21, 2019
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.
THREAD: Body Language Analysis No. 4400: Trump speaks with First All-Female Astronaut Spacewalk — https://t.co/1LOBj9PDJK — #Nonverbal #EmotionalIntelligence #BodyLanguage #BodyLanguageExpert #Nonverbal #TrumpFlipsOffAstronaut #firstallfemalespacewalk #DonaldTrump #MiddleFinger
— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
Dude has receipts. Many of them.
10/ A split second later, the President immediately closes his eyes in a prolonged blink (2:11) in a classic example of distancing behavior. This dynamic is a manifestation of arrogance and castigation. pic.twitter.com/g1E7nOyfBw— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
15/ He then leans his torso and looks his right, nonverbally saying, "Can you BELIEVE this woman?" His eyelids remain partially closed — continuing to scold Dr. Meir while projecting mild disgust. pic.twitter.com/NduxMRFQ1x— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
16/ The President then shows us something he rarely does on camera — he touches his face (2:13 - 2:16). Moreover, he does so in a very particular manner. With his right middle finger extended, Donald Trump first touches the upper part of his nose, between his eyes. pic.twitter.com/pcONCHcbQS— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
18/ Maintaining his extended middle finger, he then rubs upward to his forehead. pic.twitter.com/RuIyxRQbyZ— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
19/ ... and then back down again. Notice his index finger (forefinger) retracts (flexes) even further, placing his middle finger in a more isolated configuration. pic.twitter.com/wPyxQpSI0N— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
20/ Trump then traces with his middle finger over his right eyebrow ... pic.twitter.com/B53M01aGXD— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
22/ ... and he finishes this finger trace touching the upper portion of his ear. pic.twitter.com/9XEyLXRr7m— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
30/ SUMMARY: The President of the United States, gave Astronaut Jessica Meir the finger today, during her historic spacewalk. Trump's nonverbal 'Fuck off!' gesture was a result of his anger at her polite and humble correction of a verbal mistake he had just made.— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) October 19, 2019
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.