President Trump recently recorded a robocall message in support of Roy Moore for one of the US Senate seats from Alabama. Richard Shelby - the person occupying the other Senate seat from that state - a Republican who has served in the US Senate since 1986 - wrote in another Republican (although he declined to identify this person).
In the above video interview, conducted on Sunday 10 December 2017, Senator Shelby said:
"I couldn't vote for Roy Moore"
"I didn't vote for Roy Moore"
"I tell ya what, I, there, there's a time, there's - we call it a 'tipping point' - ah, and I think - so many accusations, so many cuts, so many 'drip, drip, drip' - ah, when it got to the fourteen-year-old's story - story - that was enough for me - I said, 'I can't vote for Roy Moore' "
"I think the women are believable - I have no reason not to believe them"
"There's a lot of stories - there's a lot of smoke - gotta be some fire somewhere"
From a body language perspective, Richard Shelby has a symmetry problem. The Alabama Senator consistently speaks out of the right side of his mouth.
We should immediately think of several different etiologies when we see such a one-sided speaking style:
1. Medical causes such as stroke, muscle palsy, injury, etc.
2. Long-term habit/Tic-like behavior: Although it's not common, it's not rare either. We've all known individuals who speak out of one side of their mouth - despite a lack of medical causes.
3. Deception/Insincerity: A sudden asymmetrical mouth while speaking is one of many nonverbal signals indicative of lying.
4. Bravado/Swagger: Speaking out of one side of the mouth is one way a person may project Swagger and Bravado. Behaviorally, such braggadocio overlaps with the emotional of insincerity.
It's important to note that the first two categories reflect long-term behavior - while categories three and four are intermittent in nature.
Senator Shelby has spoken out of the right side of his mouth for many years. Therefore he fits into one of the first two categories - and more probably that of a Tic-like habit.
Across all cultures, individuals who speak out of one side of their mouth are judged by others to be less trustworthy. Thus, those who do speak asymmetrically should work with a physician and speech therapist to eliminate/minimize this problem.
Summary: Senator Richard Shelby is sincere in denouncement of Roy Moore. His asymmetrical mouth speaking style is very probably a long-term behavioral tic/habit.
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