Trump Appears To Flash Middle Finger To Women Astronauts After Being Fact-Checked By One Of Them
Footage showing President Donald Trump flashing his middle finger went viral over the weekend, leaving people wondering if the president intentionally flipped the bird to women astronauts who corrected one of his factual inaccuracies. That’s open to interpretation. But it’s at least the fourth time during his presidency that Trump appeared to give a sneaky middle finger to people he doesn’t like.
On Friday, Trump spoke via video link from the White House to astronauts in space as they became the first two women to conduct a spacewalk together. Trump was visibly frustrated that there was a 5-second delay in communication, a technical limitation that can’t be helped since he was talking to astronauts in orbit. But the thing that really seemed to anger Trump was that one of the astronauts corrected something he said.
“And this is the first time for a woman outside of the space station,” President Trump said in his opening remarks.
But once the astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, were able to speak, they fact-checked him by saying that this wasn’t the first time that a woman had been outside of the space station. This was only the first time that two women had been outside in space together.
“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,” Meir said.
As you can see from the video uploaded to YouTube by C-SPAN, Trump raises his middle finger to touch his face while Meir was speaking. Was it an innocent gesture? If it only happened once, you might be able to say that. But Trump’s middle finger on Friday was far from the first time that he pulled this move.
Check the video below:
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
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