President Trump met with the leaders from both parties in both Chambers of Congress today - in an effort to avert a government shutdown. Along with Vice President Pence - Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer - as well as Representatives Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office. Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis was also present. Later in the day, the House and the Senate voted to keep the Federal government running for another two weeks.
During the 1:04 mark in the above video, President Trump touches/pats Vice President Trump on his left lower thigh and knee.
In the vast majority of cultures on Earth, including the United States, outside the context of:
• Medical Examinations
• Intimate Relationships
Whenever a man touches another man on the leg, particularly the thigh, the causes and/or motivations include:
• Power Display/Intimidation Tactic
• Dis-inhibition arising from the use of Drugs or Alcohol
• Central Nervous System disorders, e.g., Frontotemporal Dementia
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
The President is not gay and he's also not recognized as being on the Autism spectrum. Of the three remaining causes, statistically, the most probable cause one man would violate another man's personal (intimate space) with the touching of their thigh/knee - particularly in so public a manner - would as a power/dominance display - with the intent to intimidate and "remind" them - and to others watching, who is boss.
And yet, with the recent social and political changes associated with the Me Too movement - as well as the past accusations of sexual misconduct made against him, there remains one other potential explanation: If a person anticipated they were about to be accused of a similar inappropriate physical contact, they may plan to touch another person in that same manner - and doing so publicly - thereby creating the premise for a defense, such as, "See, I touch everyone's leg like that" or "I always do that".
Summary: The most likely explanation for Trump touching Pence on the thigh-knee - is that he's displaying dominance in a moment of dis-inhibition. That begs the question: Why is he dis-inhibited?
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