Surely U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s affinity for, almost invariably, clenching his fist in the air hasn’t escaped you, almost as if he’s intentionally introducing a “new” salute, ironically one up until recently monopolised by revolutionary socialists.
The use of gestures is no novelty, as far as extremists go. There’s the revolutionary fist, just recently assumed by America’s brand-new president, and, of course the Hitler salute, der Hitlergruß, inspired by Roman traditions and, therefore, used even by Italian fascists, as well as their fellow fascist Spaniards.
These are mere speculations, of course, but will we see right-wing politicians and their supporters worldwide clench their fists in the air, too? Certainly they won’t resort to the Roman salute, for obvious reasons. The fact remains, though:
While we’re seriously fisted already, chances are we may all be about to be so, in more senses than one.
In any event I think it’s safe to assume that the U.S. president’s public appearances will feature the continued use of chilling gestures.
Illustration: U.S. President Donald Trump. Blogger’s drawing.