Last Thursday in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Donald Trump gave a 95 minute speech which some have likened to a reality show monologue (The above video is a small excerpt).
Although the body language teaching points in this appearance are too numerous to count - one in particular stands out.
While refuting Ben Carson's story of how his knife was deflected by an alleged victim's belt/belt buckle, Donald Trump stepped from behind the lectern to his right and began in a dramatically twisting his belt.
At 0:26 he continues, "Lemmie tell ya', I'm pretty good at this stuff, so. I have a belt. Somebody hits me with a belt, it's going in - because the belt moves this way, it moves this way, it moves that way. He hit the belt buckle. Any body, anybody have a knife? You wanna try it on me? ..."
This overt and melodramatic belt manipulation was a sexual display. In this moment, Donald Trump was trying to project his virility - and the belt twisting-reenactment was a surrogate of sorts (MAP surrogate [Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier]) and thus provided for him this opportunity.
In body language terminology, this maneuver was a form of a partial emblematic slip.
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