Yesterday after Donald Trump won all five republican primaries, he gave a victory speech. Throughout it, Governor Chris Christie and his wife stood behind Mr. Trump. Mary Pat Christie displayed some very telling nonverbal signals - her body language editorializing on Mr. Trump. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.
Trump: "Well I think the only card she has is the woman's card. She's got nothing else going. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get five percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the woman's card - and the beautiful thing is - women don't like her. Okay? And look how well I did with women tonight, okay?..."
During 0:12 - just after Trump says, "... The only thing she's got going ...."
and as he finishes his sentence - during 0:13 as he says, ".... is the woman's card ...", she displays this same eye maneuver again - in addition to a suppressed smile.
This is a suppressed eye roll. The upper eyelids open very widely without the eyebrows or the forehead moving upward. An eye roll is a conscious nonverbal signal of impatient dismissal and contempt. The eyelids open wide, suppressing the upward "rolling" of the eyes. It's an attempt to at least partially suppress the outward display of this action.
Mary Pat then puts on this classic facial expression of disgust just after Trump says, "... and look how well I did with women tonight, okay?...
So while Mary Pat Christie does not roll her eyes here - she very much wanted to but suppressed it because of the social context. Her thoughts and emotions regarding Donald Trump's statement is very clear - she does not like him, she has contempt and disgust for him - and she thinks he is completely wrong in his assessment of Hillary Clinton's electability.
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