Descriptive Gestures and the Candidate

“Far be it from us to question the strength of Donald Trump’s mighty hands.”

–Bloomberg Politics


We’re getting a kick today out of a video from Bloomberg Politics that’s collected Donald Trump’s gestures from a speech he made at a political rally in Buffalo.

Bloomberg reports documenting 73 different gestures including “bunny hands,” the “I know you” point, and the “whoop-dee-doo.”

As our alumni will tell you, we are fans of descriptive gestures. At the same time, we also caution against using so many that you appear to be a flight attendant showing the emergency exits.

Trump’s gestures are out of context, of course, in that video. But what do you think when you see his speeches in full? Does he use too many? Or are they working for him?