As Donald Trump begins his apology, we see his furrowed brows and wrinkling of his forehead and a tight jaw, which indicates he is very angry that he has to make an apology for actions he did 11 years earlier.
His tone is very defensive and his anger escalates as we see his lower jaw jut forward as an indication of this anger.
As he continues to apologize, we hear a monotone which is very unlike Trump’s usual inflected and lively ,animated tone. His eyes could also be caught moving back and forth as he was clearly reading the teleprompter in his scripted message in a monotone voice.
Then he says what we would never expect to hear out of Donald Trump’s mouth, “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow.” As he says this, he brings shoulders together and slightly hunches over, indicting shame and sincere contrition.
Then Donald moves his body forward as though he is addressing you personally. We now see the Donald we know, animated and intense as he says that ” this is nothing more than a distraction.”
He is now his facially animated self as he says” we are less safe than we were 8 years ago”. As he says this, he turns his head to the side which appearrs to be a sincere gesture based on the context in which he is speaking.
Next, he says “ I ve said some foolish things” as once again he pulls his shoulders inward as a signal of embarrassment and shame.
Now we see a very confident Trump as he says ” there a big difference between words and actions of other people. As he says this he squares his shoulders in confidence . And then, in a more animated and louder tone he says ” Bill Clinton has abused women and Hillary Clinton has bullied, attacked, intimidated and shamed his victims.”
In general, he was sincere and showed remorse and shame for his actions as was demonstrated via the shame gestures of pulling his shoulders forward and hunching over a bit. However, he was angry that he was put in this situation of being no doubt forced to atone for his behavior as indicated by his monotone, reading the script, and angry facial language of a furrowed brow and wrinkled forehead and tight jaw. But then we see the Donald we have come to know as he comes out swinging with squared shoulders as he uses this opportunity to pummel Bill for his abuse of women and Hillary for her behavior towards Bill’s victims.
Once again, this is a body language blog, not a political blog. I am not showing any favoritism or partiality towards one candidate over another. Donald Trump is the focus of this blog because he was the one who apologized. If Hillary was apologizing I would do an analysis of her body language.