Donald Trump debates like a chimpanzee according to the woman who should know. After all, famous anthropologist Jane Goodall has lived with them. She wrote “My Life With The Chimpanzees,” and she makes a good case about the Republican candidate.
Goodall told a story about a chimp she called “Mike,” who dominated by kicking kerosene cans down a road. The result was lots of noise and confusion. But best of all, Mike scared off his rivals. the Atlantic reported that Goodall said:
‘In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks.
‘The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.’
Enter the Trumpster. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, says this is how he would prepare Trump, continue being unpredictable. That makes him more dangerous:
‘I’d start by thinking of him as a monkey with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, a machine gun.’
Trump was the king of the Republican debates with his one-line zingers. In the primary debates, he could exhibit chimpanzee-like, reality show behavior.
For some reason, the big four Sunday talk shows, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week, and CNN’s State of the Union and shows like MSNBC’s Morning Joe broke all their rules and let Trump phone in multiple interviews.
During the primary debates, he was often the tallest. Even though Jeb Bush was literally taller, the former Florida governor often slumped. Plus, the presidential candidate got more time than any other debater, by a number of minutes.
People thought if they just ignored him, he would go away. They were wrong.
If Mike could talk, he probably would nickname his contenders: “Low-Energy Jeb,” “Little Marco,” “Lyin-Ted.”
HOW TRUMP WINS
Trump’s comments are powerful, short, and simple, and on a fourth-grade reading level. His press conferences are on a third-grade level. The following comments are memorable:
‘Of the people, by the people, for the people.’
‘Ask not what your country can do for you.’
‘I have a dream.’
These are Trump’s comments:
‘I’m really rich!’
‘I’ll make great deals!’
‘Get ’em outta here!’
‘We will build the wall!’
Trump speaks from a salesman’s perspective, simple, direct, unmistakable, and strong. His gift is the ability to read a room, to sense when he is losing an audience, and win them back.
Trump’s goal is to humiliate Clinton. The WWE pro-wrestling showdown’s climax was Donald’s very ritual of dominance, emasculation, ridicule, and talking about himself. It’s not enough that I am a winner. Everyone else must be a loser.
‘You almost never see from Trump expressions conveying empathy — the ability to imagine others’ feelings or pain.’
HOW CLINTON WINS
Chris Matthews of MSNBC asked the Republican candidate about abortion, and Trump said, as if to dismiss the question, “I’ve been pro-life.” But Matthew wouldn’t left him off of the hook.
“Texas women” are allowed to be tough, sassy, and funny. Think of former Governor Ann Richards, the writer Molly Ivins, and former Representative Barbara Jordan.
Trump semi-jokes, calling women “fat pigs and “slobs,” but Fox News’ debate host Megyn Kelly did not laugh back. She got him.
Clinton can’t be weak and submissive. Conversely, she cannot be scolding or boring. Silberman, who has worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren, said:
‘For many people, in particular straight white males and many black males, the most frightening sound is their mother’s voice in a certain tone.’
‘And she’ll be talking with a man who is obviously not good when women are arguing with him. Just the fact that she’s standing there, as a woman, will be disconcerting. She should have fun!’
If she is too tense or has a bad night, and he is amiable and affable, Trump could win. If he throws her off her goal or is the calm president, he could win. If she gets down into the roots of an issue, he wins.
He won’t mind jokes about his hair, his weight, or his lecherous remarks relating to his daughter Ivanka. She should try to provoke him by making fun of Trump, where he is most sensitive: that he may be a fake billionaire and phony business success.
If he brings up President Clinton’s affairs, she should say something direct and tough like:
‘My husband and I have been through a lot, as the world well knows. But after 41 years, we are still together.’
Then she should pivot to the country. As Michelle Obama said in her convention speech:
‘When they go low, we go high.’
The upcoming debate will be in a “town hall” format. The candidates will answer questions put to them by members of the public. The remaining two debates have six, 15-minute blocks, each on one topic.
If Clinton projects the relaxed and even jokey bearing that shows her at her best, she will likely win the debates. The more relaxed Clinton feels, the better she will be: funny and sharp.
Watch Trump do his best chimpanzee imitation in this primary debate below: