This morning, Donald Trump appeared on CNN's "State of The Union" with Jake Tapper. Mr. Tapper asked Mr. Trump questions about the recent endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie, Trumps taxes, his choice for a running mate - and whether or not he would disavow endorsements from the Ku Klux Klan - as well as from David Duke a former grand wizard of the KKK.
A partial nonverbal analysis follows.
Beginning at 6:11 (in above video) Jake Tapper continues: "...Will you, unequivocally, condemn David Duke and say that you don't want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?
Donald Trump: "Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke. Okay? I don't know anything about - what you're even talking about with, ah, white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don't know. I mean, I don't know. Did, did he endorse me or what's going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about."
Tapper: "But th-, I guess the question from the, from the Anti-Defamation League is, even if you don't know about their endorsement, there are these groups and individuals endorsing you. Would you just say unequivocally you condemn them and you don't want their support?"
Trump: "Well, I have to look at the group. I mean, I don't know what group you're talking about. You wouldn't want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on 'em. And, certainly, I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong."
Tapper: "The Ku Klux Klan?"
Trump: "But you may have groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups, and I'll let you know."
Tapper: "Okay. I mean, I'm just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but ..."
Trump: "I don't know any — honestly, I don't know David Duke. I don't believe I have ever met 'em. I'm pretty sure I didn't meet him. And I just don't know anything about him."
Note that throughout the duration of this video, Donald Trumps rate of blinking is about 12 times normal (1). Increase blinking frequency is a strong signal of elevated anxiety. It's important to exclude medical causes - such as Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, Sjögren's syndrome, Lupus, etc. - none of which are suffered by Mr. Trump. It's also important to access any suspected momentary blinking frequency against the person's normal blink rate. This 1,200 percent increase (vs. normal) is much more rapid than Trump's baseline blinking and in no remote way could be considered normal for anyone with healthy eyes.
Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopaths, etc.) have a much higher frequency of facial mask behavior - and such frequent use of this emotional mask is but one manifestation of their decreased empathy quotient.
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