Finger Art

April 19, 2024

I’d never seen this photo from June 2018 — I was then being prepared for surgery and wasn’t too much into scrolling the InterWebs.
This the lede from The Hill piece on the pix: ‘Comedian Kathy Griffin and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels posed together in a photo this week raising a middle finger to President Trump.

Now Stormy’s back in the news as T-Rump soils himself in court (h/t this afternoon M. Bouffant):

(Image found here.)

Fingers tell the tale — per The Daily Beast this afternoon:

The first week of Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York City ended with a power move by the judge, who ordered the former president to take a seat—where he remained fuming in his chair until the judge left the courtroom.

New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan was wrapping up a contentious hour of debate with lawyers on both sides Friday afternoon, when he clarified that a contempt hearing—where he might punish Trump for repeatedly ignoring a gag order and continuing to publicly speak threateningly about witnesses and jurors—would commence Tuesday morning.

But just as the judge neared the end of his sentence, Trump abruptly stood up—apparently thinking the day was over. Immediately, Merchan turned his face to the former president and said in a firm voice: “Sir, can you please have a seat.”

His long, black robes dangled from beneath his right hand as he waved it down, like a man addressing his dog. It wasn’t a question. And while the judge maintains a stoic demeanor at all times, the tone was decidedly sharper than even the one he’d taken when expressing disappointment in Trump’s lawyers minutes earlier.

Without hesitation, Trump went and plopped straight back down into his maroon leather chair at the defense table—and remained for another minute, fuming as the judge gathered his paperwork and strolled toward his chambers.

As the judge exited the courtroom, Trump shot up and made straight for the back, furious. He looked straight toward the wooden double doors in back, ignoring reporters in the pews and clicking his tongue as he approached the EXIT sign.

Shortly after the confrontation, Trump’s lawyers made yet another Hail Mary pass–as they’ve done in every civil trial he’s faced so far. They formally asked the state appellate court overseeing Manhattan, the First Judicial Department, to halt the trial. They cited what they called “prejudicial pretrial publicity”—never mind that much of that was due to the former president’s own relentless attacks on DA Alvin Bragg Jr., the judge, and jurors themselves, calling the entire trial “an assault on America.”

Sleeping, farting, and ‘clicking his tongue,’ he looks forward to the weekend.

As a personal aside — the surgery in June 2018 was far-and-away a success.

Fingers placed appropriately, or not, yet once again here we are…

(Image out front: ‘Art Critic’ by Norman Rockwell, found here.)

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