When Donald Trump was asked the most ugly and disrespectful question by cnbc’s John Harwood, who publicly called him a narcissist and then further insulted Trump by calling him a cartoon character, Trump appropriately responded that ‘ it was not a nicely stated question.” He then went on to respond in a calm and collected manner. He was also the most real and genuine in terms of his demeanor and what he said. For instance he was the only candidate who gave an honest and open answer to the question regarding his flaw ( that he was too trusting and he doesn’t forgive).
He was the only candidate who answered the question openly and honestly. The others all went into a rehearsed rhetoric that had nothing to do with addressing their flaw. Instead they used that time to address what they felt was important in their campaign.This turned many people off.
One of the biggest turnoffs was when Huckabee said he didn’t have any flaws and then went on to say to ask his wife. He did not gain any Presidential points for that. He was also rehearsed and made body language gestures which were contrived. His facial language did not reflect that he was being genuine.
Carla Fiorino had the worst body language throughout the evening which made her appear annoying. Her cocked head made her seem insecure and her tone was very defensive. When she said that he flaw was that she didn’t smile and then went off topic it was a turn off. The tone of her voice needs a lot of work. A while back Donald Trump made reference to her looks as he asked how people could look at her for four years. I say, how can anyone listen to that voice for 4 years as it is so annoying and off putting. She loses the message she is trying to send because of it. Also annoying, are the extraneous movements she makes when she speaks. One could also see a glimpse into her character as she mentions her former boss as an endorsement and claims he said that in retrospect she did things right. Then when the character flaw of her boss is brought up, she immediately throws him under the bus and distances herself from him and says that is why they didn’t get along. To me it showed a lack of loyalty as she was willing to turn on a dime if it would make her look good. To many that was a turn off.
And someone who has an equally annoying vocal tone is Ben Carson. His voice with his monotonous drone that dies off at the end of when he speaks puts one to sleep. He too loses his message because of his voice. His voice lacks energy and passion. His mono-faced expression also lacks enthusiasm and confuses his message.
While his gestures were a bit contrived at times and his voice and delivery stilted Marco Rubio came across as very level headed and in control. He came across as a peacemaker who wouldn’t take the bait when he was insulted. This was evident in his retort to Jeb Bush, who came across as weak and whiney. Rubio took the high road which made him sound like a leader. While he was bashed by Bush, Rubio responded in an opposite manner as he said he had respect for Bush. He also said he was not in competition with anyone on the stage and refused to say negative things about them. This gave Rubio points while the bashing and whining Bush lost many points.
While his pitch is a bit too high and his voice is whiney Ted Cruz said the best thing of the evening. He was real and genuine and said what was on the mind of many viewers. He called the panel on their ugly questions and what many felt was unprofessional behavior.
” The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,’ Cruz said. He then went on to say, ‘This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions — “Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?” “Ben Carson, can you do math?” “John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?” “Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?” “Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?”‘How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?’
CNBC host John Harwood didn’t like that so he tried to go to another candidate and discuss another issue, but Cruz wouldn’t let him. He called Harwood on his toxic behavior and asked ‘You don’t want to hear my answer?’
to which Harwood sharply responded, in a nasty tone ‘You spent your time on something else.’
Cruz clearly got points for this as he showed that he was direct and called it like it is.
So the winners of the evening in terms of their body language, facial language an delivery were Trump, Rubio, and Cruz. The loser of the evening was the nasty CNBC panel who were out to be provocative in an attempt to garner a name for themselves and increase ratings. But unfortunately for them, their attempts backfired.