Body Language of Second Debate -Trump Humbled, Hillary Hits Hard, Trump Spontaneous, Hits Back Harder, Hillary Smiles Nervously With Rehearsed Rhetoric and Gesture

When they entered the stage, both candidates were stiff  with arms at their sides and kept their distance . There was no smiling or handshaking.There was a great deal of tension between them and no love lost at the beginning of the debate as neither looked at one another.

In general Donald Trump was more verbally accessible and easier to listen to as Hillary seemed to be speaking in rehearsed rhetoric.  She gestured mechanically and used many phony gestures like the three finger pinch.

Hillary came out swinging by saying Trump would not be a good President. He said the same thing about her towards the middle of the debate as he said she had poor judgement and didn’t make the changes she said she was going to make in 30 years as a politician.

Hillary sounded rehearsed and her gestures were contrived while Trump was more natural and spontaneous.

When Hillary was uncomfortable,  attacked, or busted she smiled. When Trump was angry he sniffed as he breathed heavily through his nose.

Everything was laid out on the table by the moderators, the audience members, and the candidates themselves. No subject was left untouched. The most embarrassing aspects of their lives were addressed. Both met the challenges head on and didn’t shy away from it.

When Hillary apologized and said the server and emails were a mistake, it sounded like rehearsed rhetoric and did not appear as sincere.Trump did show humility in his body language as his shoulders were rounded and his tones were softer when apologizing  and said he was embarrassed for what he said in the released video and what he said about women.

They were both pressed to say something nice about one another as Trump  cringed and Hillary laughed.

Below is a step by step account of the debate in terms of what was said verbally and through both candidate’s body language and facial language.


screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-5-36-32-pmWhen Trump  first arrived he looked very serious and humbled as his shoulders were  more rounded  than we have seen him as he was not standing as  erect as he usually does.

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Hillary had more  erect posture as Chelsea walked up the stairs with her. Hillary held Chelsea around her waist while Chelsea held her mother around her shoulder as they walked up the stairs in tandem with Bill following behind.

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 5.53.43 PM.pngAll the women who accused Clinton of sexual impropriety were in the audience looking somber.


As Melania and Bill shook hand they were both stiff and their handshake spoke volumes as they kept an arms length distance between one another. Their body language indicated the tension taking place between the two sides.

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 5.57.44 PM.pngThe Clinton camp was stoic with Bill looking on with his mouth agape as Chelsea and her husband anxiously awaited the debate. Chelsea knew the importance of this debate and her fidgeting with her collar may have been an indication of her nervousness.

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 6.01.19 PM.pngIn the Trump camp, they too knew there was a lot riding on this debate and remained stoic and expressionless.

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 6.02.35 PM.pngAlso stoic were the non smiling Trump sons Eric and Donnie.

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When Trump and Clinton first appeared on the stage you could feel the tension between them. They both stood stiff at their hands at their sides. There was  no handshake and clearly  no love lost between them.

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During the first question Hillary had poor eye contact and went  round and around with regard to being a role model. It was rehearsed rhetoric that did not make for a good initial connection with her.

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-6-08-34-pmTrump on the other hand , looked directly at the questioner, at the audience, and at the camera as he spoke directly to the people. So he initially came across a being more genuine in terms of his delivery.

But neither answered the specific question asked. Trump addressed his apology and said      ” I hate it.” when he discussed his bad language. Then he changed the subject and said ” I will knock the hell out of ISIS” and compared what he said to ISIS . He also said that               nobody was  more embarrassed by what occurred than him. He showed genuine remorse in terms of his body language and the tone of his voice revealed that he seemed humbled. He then changed the subject and said that he would not only make  America great again, but  wealthy again.

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Then it was Hillary’ turn  and she started with the first attack. In going on the offensive as she did in the first debate she said  she never questioned an opponent’s fitness to serve and said that “this is who Trump is” as he described how he alienated immigrants, those with disabilities, Latinos, muslims and POW’s  and even questioned the birthplace of the President Obama. She  said how he needed to apologize to them. Then  she said “that is not who we are”as we celebrate our diversity and adds that this is the America that “I know and  love. ” As she was saying this Trump was cringing. He turned red as you can see in the above photo.  His jaw was tense and his lips were in a tight frown. He was doing all he could to contain himself as he looked as though he was about to explode.

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Then it was his turn.  Instead of getting explosive he kept a calm demeanor and said “Those are just words . She failed the  inner cities and was  a disaster  in every way possible. “He said she has not helped Hispanics or  Help Hispanics and that it is four years later and has done a terrible job as she does nothing.

But then Trump really came out with both barrels so to speak as he hit her with whom he thought Hillary needed to apologize. He mentioned Cathy Shelton who was raped at 12 and how Hillary laughed at her.  He brought up Bill and how his actions were the worst in political history in terms of how he abused women and attacked them viciously.He spoke  spoke of how Bill was impeached, lost his law license, and paid $850,000 to Paula Jones.

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As he brings this up about Bill,  Hillary smiles, like she did during the first debate when attacked. Then Hillary speaks for Trump and says that he Never apologizes for anyone and how he insulted Mr. and Mrs. Kahn and  Captain Kahn  and attacked the  them over their religion  and insulted a Federal judge of Mexican heritage .

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As she said this, you see Trump with his arms crossed over his abdominal area indicating that he is feeling vulnerable.

Then Trump hits back at  Hillary  even harder as he said  “You owe the President  an apology your  friend Sidney Blumenthal sending  the photos ( of Obama dressed in Islamic  garb)  around long before I was I involved.” Then he  tells her that even though she has brought up her friend Michelle Obama in reference to when they go low she goes high”, he told her to go see the vicious commercial where her “friend” Michelle is talking about her. He even told her how she “lost to Obama fair and square” but that was not the case with Bernie Sanders. Then he goes on to say what Debra Wasserman Schultz did and next goes on to tell her she should be apologizing for the 33,000 emails she acid washed.


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As he says these things, he says it right to her face. This makes Hillary feel very uncomfortable as she smiles . He then tells her point blank that she should be ashamed of herself.

As Hillary tries to defend herself after being busted by Trump, she looks down and talks around the issue in circles. She tries to change the subject and talks about fact checking.

Then Trump looks at her and tells her that she should be in jail. The audience went wild and reacted with a resounding YAY.

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As Trump tells her she belongs in jail and that if he is President he will put forth a special commission to investigate her, she smiles. a smug smile as you can see above.

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Hillary then looks down and says that what she did was a mistake and says the rehearsed rhetoric we have all heard before that she wouldn’t do it again. She continued to use rehearsed rhetoric and talk in circles. She appeared too defensive when she spoke as was indicated by her tone. She tries to assure everyone that an investigation showed that her emails were not compromised.

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And Trump then lets her have it by saying “And yet  she didn’t know the letter c ( referring to indication that it was confidential). He then accuses her of lying as asks her if it is fine that she erased 33,00 emails.

Hillary’s response is to smile and laugh as Trump hammers home the point that she deleted 33,000 emails after a subpoena was given to her  yet she thinks she has done nothing wrong.

Hillary tries to get off answering, but Trump lets her have it by saying that she just wants to leave the topic and not answer.

Trump also called Anderson Cooper to task by not asking Hillary about the emails.

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Then when the Affordable Health Care question came up  Hillary uses a phony gesture with her thumb pinching her index and pointer finger.  While she often uses this phony gesture during campaign speeches , to use it when she is supposed to be addressing a person who asked the the question, indicates that it is as rehearsed as she recited the  rhetoric she spewed forth about the Affordable Health Act.


When Trump spoke of Obamacare, he spoke directly to the audience and looked at them as he said he would  get rid of it. His delivery was more real an intimate. Unlike Hillary,  it appeared as though he was speaking directly to you.

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Then Anderson Cooper said that  Bill Clinton said that the Affordable Health Care Act was was a big mistake. Once again as Hillary is busted, so she smiles and then goes on and  on with rehearsed rhetoric that does not sound genuine.

It’s Trump’s turn and he says in regard to Hillary that “Everything is broken” and how Bernie Sanders said she had bad judgement and this is more  of it  as person who wrote it said it was a fraud. Hillary continues to smile.


Now Trump is asked a question about Muslims and Islamophobia. There is no political correctness  here as he says “Whether we like it or not  it does exist.” He says that Muslim Americans  have to report problems when they see something. As he says this we can hear his anger as he audibly breathes through his nose when discussing this. He cites Orlando San Bernadino and Paris and accuses Obama and Hillary of refusing to say the name Radical Islamic Terrorism. As Trump speaks, Hillary looks directly at Trump with interest as her hands are clasped together.

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Then for effect, she gets  real close to the Muslim woman  who asked the question. She actually says the same thing Trump  says by telling  that she wants Muslim Americans to become part of our eyes and ears.

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Then Trump brings up Captain Kahan who Hillary brought up earlier and said that he would be alive if he was President as “unlike her  I wouldn’t have had our people in Iraq He also said he would ban Muslims by  extreme vetting and not have the Hillary Clinton 550 percent increase coming into our country when we don’t know who they are and know nothing about them. There was a great deal of passion and emotion in Trump’s voice as he said this.

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Hillary then smiles and in her rehearsed rhetoric about the war in Iraq while Trump cringes in the  background.

When it is his turn he says how he was against the war in Iraq. He said he does not want criminal illegal aliens in this country but that Hillary thinks it’s OK and you can’t force them to return to their countries of origin . Then he says he is going to force them back into their country. He then goes on to say how this reflects Hillary’s  bad judgement.

Trump lets it be known that ICE, and 16,000 Boarder Patrols endorsed him and how she has such bad judgement. Then he returns the zing she gave him in the beginning of the debate by stating he should never be President. He emphatically says she should never be President of the United States. And she smiles a phony smile throughout this.


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When asked about being two-faced, Hillary  invokes Lincoln instead of answering the question directly about herself. Once again, it was clearly rehearsed rhetoric and  sounded phony. But as she spoke about being two faced her body language gave away her true feelings as she shook her head “yes.” So in essence, her body was saying that it was OK to be two-faced.Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 6.49.56 PM.pngAs she says  Russians are  hacking information she uses  that phony gesture . Then she talks about Trumps Tax returns which could reveal that he may have dealings with Russia.

Trump retaliates by telling her she is so ridiculous  and she got caught in a lie and is blaming the lie on the late great  Abe Lincoln . This caused the audience to erupt in laughter.

Trump also assured the audience that he didn’t have any business with Russia and that Hillary ‘s friends Warren Buffett and George Soros who gave her money for her campaign benefitted from this tax advantage. He also said she had 30 years to change it but hasn’t because her friends who give her money don’t want the law changed.


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When it;s Hillary’s turn to speak  once again you hear the rehearsed rhetoric that makes you want to tune out. Her eyes are wide.



Trump says that she is all talk and no action and harps on her bad jusgement in

Libya,  Syria Iran and that is why ISIS formed. Then he looks right at her and sarcastically says ” Congratulations great job!”

When Trump asks her directly “Why didn’t you do something? ” You see her gesture with her palm down as if to tell Trump to stop.


Hillary then goes on to recite her  bio of her 30 years  of experience years lip licking  nervously .

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As she describes her experience, it is in that rote rehearsed vocal drone that makes one want to tune out.

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Then Trump comes out strong as he says Obama tried  the line in sand  and talks tough against Russia. As Trump discusses ISIS having the oil  and everything that Obama has done has been a mistake and a disaster,  he becomes very angry and  he sniffs through his nose. He then point blank tells Hillary “You don’t know who the rebels are.”

He says how Russia, Iran and  Syria are  killing , he said how we need to  knock out ISIS . When Trump speaks he does it in a way that you seem to easily understand what the situation is all about. He also speaks in a manner that sounds as though he is personally speaking to you.

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When Hillary  is busted about ISIS and Syria, she pulls her nose as you can see above,which shows she is busted and doesn’t  have a strong answer to Trump’s statements. She does say that more planning has to take place with regard to ISIS and that she would go after Baghdadi.

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Trump brings up Hillary’s statement of the Deplorables and irredeemables. He says how he would turn inner cities around and  the economy and bring  bring jobs and get rid of  NAFTA.

He talks directly to Hillary as he says that she didn’t do anything for the inner cities the whole time she has been in office. He also mentions other issues as he attacks her. She is feeling very vulnerable. As he says this as you can see that she has put her hands over her private parts.

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Once again Hillary smiles when she is attacked goes on with her rehearsed sounding rhetoric.  She talks about letters she gets and shared a story about an Ethiopian boy who asked his mother if Trump gets elected will he send him to Ethiopia.

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Trump purses his lips and shakes his head “no” as to indicate how ridiculous he thinks this is.  She also says that bullying is up because of Trump.


Then Trump says that we have a divided nation and an increase in murder. He also brings up how he was proud of his tweeting at 3 AM.  He mentions that Ambassador Stevens sent 600 requests for help that went unanswered.

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Trump then says that he wants a Supreme Court Judge who is in the model of Justice Scalia and one who respects the Second Amendment, while Hillary said she wanted a judge who was in favor of Roe vs Wade.

Trump also did something unconventional by telling Hillary that she made 250 Million dollars since she has been in office and why not put 10 or 20 million of her own money into her campan like he is doing.  Hillary didn’t respond to this.

When Trump spoke, he spoke in a staccato tone to emphasize his points.

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Trump shook head “no” when Hillary spoke at the end  and turned her back on her. Hillary also kept advertising her website several times during the debate, something Trump didn’t do.

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When asked by an audience member to say good things about the other, Trump tightened his jaw and cringed as you could see in his body language. Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 7.35.03 PM.png

Hillary said he respected his children but they didn’t seem to enthused by what she said as they all had serious looks on their faces.

Trump said Hillary was a fighter and doesn’t quit and that was a good trait that he admired.

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At the end of the debate the two just stood there at first but Trump made the first move and reached out his hand first and then patted her on the back.

Once again, this is not a political blog. If it seems that if have treated Trump more favorably in this blog it is because he performed more favorably in this debate with speaking more directly and using more genuine gestures.




30 thoughts on “Body Language of Second Debate -Trump Humbled, Hillary Hits Hard, Trump Spontaneous, Hits Back Harder, Hillary Smiles Nervously With Rehearsed Rhetoric and Gesture

  1. You missed a shit ton. Did you not even pay attention to how he loomed and lurked behind her? That’s preassault behavior. You’re such a Trump lover it’s ridiculously sad. He paced around her to reduce his stress, another preassault behavior.


    1. To add to this, she stood close to the muslim woman just to prevent him from interrupting her. He couldn’t get in front of her so had no choice but to be silent.


      1. I do agree Trump’s behavior behind H made me uncomfortable. He has such raw words and gestures that they make one ill at ease. Maybe not “pre assault” but yes very crass and uncontrolled, plus he was on TV so the world was watching and seeing what type of person is, not a pretty sight.

        Hillary acts fake and programmed like a robot, also seems not to be “all there”.


      2. In regards to Mr. Trump looking as if he was lurking, I’m curious as to how much camera angles played a role. It would be interesting to see the entire debate from one camera that was recording from the rear, and center, of the audience.


    2. I disagree she didn’t miss a thing. First I must remind you that Dr Glass is a professional and is one of the world’s most well respected and foremost authorities in the field of Communication and the Psychology of Human Behavior. Her Academic background is remarkable and so impressive she was honored as one Glamour Magazine’s “Ten Top College Women”. You should try doing some research before you try to critique the workings of such an accomplished, admirable, truly creditable and highly educated person. Here’s a link to her BIO website to get you started with that – Secondly, your comment regarding Trump pacing around Clinton. If your a woman you appear to me to be a bit insecure about yourself as a woman and are not comfortable around men. If your a man I have to say you may be a bit envious of Trumps ability to stand strong and present the presence in the courage of his convictions.


      1. I hear the sound of sucking air! Actually, I agree with you. Additionally, what people fail to acknowledge is, Hillary walked right into Trumps space, onto his side of the stage, essentially cutting him off. Therefore, if she walks in front of him, into his space, NO ONE has the right to gripe about him being behind her, let alone accusing him of being in a pre-assault stance. Ridiculousness.


    3. I disagree she didn’t miss a thing.

      First I must remind you that Dr Glass is a professional and is one of the world’s most well respected and foremost authorities in the field of Communication and the Psychology of Human Behavior. Her Academic background is remarkable and so impressive she was honored as one Glamour Magazine’s “Ten Top College Women”. You should try doing some research before you try to critique the workings of such an accomplished, admirable, truly creditable and highly educated person. Here’s a link to her BIO website to get you started with that –

      Secondly, your comment regarding Trump pacing around Clinton being pre assault behavior. If your a woman you appear to me to be a bit insecure about yourself as a woman and are not comfortable around men.

      If your a man I have to say you may be a bit envious of Trumps ability to ‘stand strong’ by presenting a strong stance. He’s had to grow into this position in less time then it takes to pay off a car loan, and we can certainly agree, by any measure he has not morphed into the typical politician. This election is different because a non politician has succeeded in being chosen by the GOP to represent the Republican Party. It’s business man vs typical politician. When has that ever happened? He’s making things happen, a movement and as like most Americans think he also thinks this country is going in the wrong direction and has been for a number of years. His compassion for America and Americans is what feeds his fiery stand. The courage of his convictions to do what is right, even if others disagree largely due to his past behavior, but still having a large support for 2016 is the thing non supporters don’t understand and despise. So maybe if your a man all of this craziness past and present of Trump, good and bad makes you a bit envious that he keeps moving despite the adversity that surrounds it.


    4. Pre-assault behavior? Seriously. Let’s try and convict Trump right here and now! He was behind her because SHE walked right in FRONT OF HIM, INTO HIS SPACE, ON HIS side of the stage! She was being intrusive, rude and attempting to be domineering. That is what I got out of it. I would love to hear Dr. Glass’s assessment.


    5. Clinton walked right in front of him, across his space, onto his side, essentially cutting him off. And you people have a problem with him being behind her? What was he supposed to do – crawl up to the ceiling giving her the entire platform? People too often are ready to jump on something bad about Trump.


  2. Lillian, I am curious what you thought of Trump’s body language when he denied that he tweeted for everyone to check out the sex tape of the Miss Universe winner? That was a lie. He clearly tweeted it. Were there any body language cues that reflected deception here?


  3. On the whole I agree with you that Hillary was more controlled, rehearsed, intellectual, measured…while Trump was clearly the opposite–emotional, aggressive, passionate, natural or “in the moment” if you will. I guess the later is more relate-able to the average person, or more entertaining for tv. However, how an individual candidate makes us feel is NOT the most important thing. I do hope that objective reality still matters, because that is the realm in which the future President must live and work and interact in.


  4. Thank you Dr. Glass! I look forward to your assessment of their body language. I thought Hillary looked frightened most of the time during the debate.


  5. Your writing is biased! You missed many points in your attempt to downgrade HRC so you can focus on twisting your opinion as a professional body language reader. You think that because you have a platform to stand on that people are going to trust your judgement. You clearly are supporting trump and you think your readers are gullable. Please make a point in your headlines that your articles are for people who have their head up their asses.


    1. My writing is NOT biased . Go read by other blogs as I say BOTH favorable and unfavorable things of each candidate. Just becaused I said favorable things about a candidate you may not like does not make me biased. I did not downgrade HRC as she is rote and mechanical. This blog is NOT political. It is about body language and communication skills .

      I am not supporting Trump and if I was I would gladly say so as I have nothing whatsoever to hide and I am an open book as you can see if you have read my blogs throughout the years.

      So don’t tell me whom I am and whom I am not supporting as I will tell you whom I am and whom I am not supporting because only I know the answer to that. FYI

      I am supporting neither candidate. And if anyone has their “head up their ass” to use your own foul language back at you, it is YOU.

      If my blogs upset you so much do yourself a favor and don’t read them as their are plenty others out there which may suit you better.


    2. How rude. It’s not hard to make the summary judgments Dr. Glass did based on the truth. Hillary IS a serial liar and has a lot to cover up, hence, a lot to be uncomfortable about as the whole world is watching her kingdom unravel. Trump on the other hand, IS authentic, and really DOES care about America, which is why he is willing to use millions of his own money. He figures if someone does not do something to stop the corruption in America and the downfall of our country, what good will his fortune do. There won’t be a future for his children. He has been talking for 30 years about govt corruption, stating he hoped someone would step up to the plate and do something about it, as he really did not want to be in politics. Because no one has, all the “leaders” for the past 30 years or more have been corrupt, he is sick and tired of it, and angry. He is like a wrecking ball to the Establishment. God bless him. He may not be pretty, but he’s got the balls to get the job done. I doubt there’s not another person on the planet brash & bold enough to go after it. Fortunately, he has an ego as big as the Grand Canyon, which will propel him to not stop until he accomplishes what he says he is going to. You criticize Dr. Glass for telling it like it is. Perhaps people like you who don’t want to see the obvious, need to get your head out of your asses.


      1. LOL. Trump loved Bill and Hillary a few years ago. He wants to be an insider, not fight corruption. You should be more cynical instead of following a demagogue.


  6. The entire debate reminded me of the interaction of Tony Soprano and Dr. Melfi. Donald Trump is the alpha male who masks a Wounded Narcisssist. Hillary Clinton is the Dr. Melfi, who finally realizes she can’t win or get anywhere by trying to keep the conversation on an adult level.


  7. Trump was stalking her! Everywhere she went on stage, he was right behind her. Why didn’t he stay at his chair when it wasn’t his turn?


    1. It’s not stalking. It is anxiety and anger as reflected by his walking back and forth. That is why he couldn’t sit in his char as he was on anxious pins and needles. Also some people formulate what they want to say next, a lot better when they are moving around. That seemed to be the case with Trump. The media says it is stalking and it is not! Stalking is a threat and he wasn’t threatening anyone on live television.


      1. superiority and arrogance? calm down. she was standing in front of the person who asked the question. she was being polite and respectful towards the individuals asking questions.


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