Trump’s Middle Finger Takes Flight

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Published Oct 23, 2019

One of the many viral stories making the rounds this week concerns a video of President Donald Trump speaking with NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch, who had just performed the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Upon being corrected about a factual inaccuracy, Trump raised his hand to his head, extending his middle finger. To some, he was simply scratching his forehead. To others, he was making a rude gesture.

Reporter Dan MacGuill investigated and found this wasn’t the first time the president made this particular gesture.

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