Friday, March 11, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3494: Donald Trump reacts to questions about Breitbart News reporter allegedly getting roughed up by his Campaign Manager - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

During a recent event in Jupiter, Florida, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, allegedly grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields by the arm as she attempted to ask the candidate a question. Ms. Fields also alleges that this physical contact resulted in bruising. The video above shows Donald Trump being asked about this incident. Unfortunately some of this Trump's expressions are initially blocked by words on the screen and other people, however there are a couple of seconds which are very telling.

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of the 0:57 - 0:58 segment of this video. This series of images were captured just after Mr. Trump says, "... Perhaps she made the story up. I think that's what happened, okay? ...".

Trump then turns his body and his head. Note his lips rapidly acquire a thinned, horizontal configuration - the classic Thinned Lips of Anger.

There is a microexpression component of contempt in this moment - evident in his mustache area on his right side.

Here we can better see his thinned lips here together with his mid-facial tension. His contempt expression is waning somewhat, yet there is some significant disgust displayed in this instant. 

Trump's anger, contempt and disgust cluster is resolving (yet still evident in his lips) as he begins to return to his baseline expression.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3493: Reince Priebus regarding Ben Carson's anticipated endorsement of Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3492: Maria Sharapova Admits Failed Drug Test

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3487: Scott Pelley to Hillary Clinton, "Have you always told the truth?" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3489: Margot Robbie wants Prince Harry 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2964: Eric Holder Interview After Announcing Resignation - Microexpressions and other Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2586: Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game" - Microexpression and Macroexpression of Regret - Harrison's Brand and the Stanislavski Method

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3079: Tom Brady, Deflategate - Part Deux

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3277: John Kasich reflecting on Debate