After winning New Jersey Primary tonight, Donald Trump made a specific appeal to several groups - including Bernie Sanders' supporters. The video excerpt above includes this overture.
One specific and telling nonverbal displayed by Mr. Trump is isolated and discussed below.
hard ...") and again during 0:17 ("... to earn your support ...."), Mr. Trump's mouth momentarily takes on a vertically oriented rectangular configuration.
In one respect, this nonverbal display is a subset of a larger group of body language facial behaviors - that of exaggerated mouth movements.
Such hyperbolic mouth contortions are highly characteristic of a person believing he is a relative alpha - who is speaking to a person or people whom he believes to be inferiors (beta). Thus when exaggerated mouth movements are used, it's a signal of arrogance and condescending emotional tones.
Slicing this even thinner, this vertical rectangle mouth seen here is indicative of hubris and insincerity.
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