Saturday, January 27, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4188: Donald Trump Gets Booed at Davos for Calling the Press "Fake" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday, President Donald Trump was booed at the World Economic Forum in Davos when he referred to the Press as "Fake". What follows is a partial nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage analysis of this exchange.

DONALD TRUMP (beginning at 0:00): I always seemed to get, for whatever reason, a disproportionate amount of press or media, and [stuttering], throughout my whole life - somebody will explain someday why, but I've always gotten a lot. And as a businessman, I was always treated really well by the press - you know the numbers speak and things happen - but I've always really had a very good press - and it wasn't until I became a politician - that I realized how nasty, how mean, how ah vicious  - and how fake [deliberate pause] the press can be - as the cameras start going off in back [audience boos] Ω - But, but overall - I mean the bottom line - somebody said, "Well, they couldn't 've been that bad because here we are." We're President and I think we're doing a really - great job.

Just as the audience is booing, during 0:35, the President displaces his jaw for about one second to his left side (notated by Ω ). This display is known as a Jaw Confessional - and is predictive to his thought-emotions as to what he is ABOUT TO SAY, not in response to the audience's boos.

A jaw confessional is a reliable nonverbal signal telling us what is about to be said is an embarrassment, a confessional, or an apology. What Donald Trump said next was, “But, but overall - I mean the bottom line - somebody said, 'Well, they couldn't 've been that bad because here we are.'”

Additionally, from a paralanguage perspective, this example illustrates another common tell: Whenever Donald Trump says, "somebody said" - it's really the President's own ideas/thoughts/opinions - and, in his effort to make these seem more objective - he quotes a theoretical "somebody". This is further evidenced by his use of "we" and "we're" (which is also a form of "Forced Teaming" [de Becker]).

Summary: Donald Trump's nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage behavior in this video indicates he does NOT think the press or news is "fake". Thus, when the President makes accusations/uses terms such as "fake news" and "fake media" - he is being deceptive.

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