Body Language of 3rd Debate- Hillary Passionate, Less Robotic, Smiles Under Stress While Trump Is Real, Interrupts, and Sweats Under Stress

Of all the three debates this was the most civilized, thanks to host Chris Wallace who  kept the candidates on tasks and on time. In fact when it was over both candidates shook his hand and seemed genuinely happy with how he handled things.But what was even more telling is  that they never shook one another’s hands at the end of the debate.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 6.05.04 PM.png When they both came to the stage there was no handshaking and no smiling at  or acknowledging one another. Hillary was dressed in an elegant well fitted high collared off white pant suit while Trump represented his party in a  wore a “Republican Red” tie.

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They both looked serious and in essence wore the same tight lipped expression as you can see above.As Hillary listened to the first question, her head nodded and you could see her swallowing hard. However she only did this at the beginning of the debate as you did not see this ( with the exception of a bit of head nodding) throughout the rest of the debate.

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When she spoke, Trump gave her looks of disdain as she attacked him and said things about him he deemed false.

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In contrast, when Trump attacked her and called her on her issues like the 33 thousand emails, she  a. looked down.

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b. She looked more serious than we have ever seen her while, Trump wore a scowl throughout the debate and squinted his eyes in anger.


Or c. She smiles whenever she felt uncomfortable. When she said something Trump deemed untrue or said something Trump vehemently disagreed with, he interrupted and said “wrong”.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 6.14.16 PM.pngOverall in terms of her speech she was less robotic than we have ever heard her. She was less rehearsed and more dynamic and fluid than we have seen her in the previous two  two debates.

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There was a huge smile on Hillary’s face when Chris Wallace finally changed the subject to speak of the economy Smiles when they changed the subject to Economy.

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There was also a smugness in her facial language when Trump spoke as she  often raised her head and tightened her jaw.

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When Chris Wallace brought up a question that Trump no doubt wanted posed to Hillary, he raised his head and was sohappy  with the question question that he interjected ” interjected “Correct” after Walale asked the question. Wallace responded by  saying ” thank you”. This was the first time we have seen Trump feel that he was getting a fair shake in terms of the moderator;s questioning and was happy with the questions which were asked.

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When discussing the topic of economics , Trump of course was his fluid  and confident self as that is where his strength lies . However Hillary held her own in terms of her body language and in terms of how she presented her point of view. She is more real than she has ever been before. She was  less rote  and  more passionate than we have ever seen her ever before. She also gave some zings to Trump about giving jobs to Chinese Steel workers in terms of his Vegas Trump Tower, which he took. Surprisingly he didn’t defend himself on this point.

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When Trump struck back, he looked directly at Hillary and asked her where the 6 billion dollars were that were missing?  She looks down in embarrassment and does not look directly at him or respond to this. She also shows tightness around her jaw which shows her discomfort.

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Then  after Hillary espouses her achievements in her rote rhetoric which we have all heard before, Trump throws in a singer and says ” let’s talk about her  about her real record  in Syria and ISIS.” In discomfort, she gives a very tense, and nervous tight jawed smile as you c n see above.

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Again we see Hillary look down as Trump discusses the 33 thousand emails.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 6.59.15 PM.pngWhen she returns some zings he seems to stake it and stand tall and looks straight ahead. Unlike Hillary, he  doesn’t look down.

When she speaks of the Clinton Foundation she once again gives her rote memorized script but  when it was Trump’s turn to speak he  brings up “Pay for Play” in the Clinton Foundation and gives it right back to Hillary.

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Trump was uncomfortable during this debate and cotton -mouthed  (dry mouthed) as he took around three sips of water during the 9o minute debate. He also began to sweat and we saw him wiping the sweat off of his upper lip- something we never saw him do before.

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In discussing Trumps thinking that everything is rigged from his losing in some primary states to his thinking the Emmy’s were rigged ( which he interjected that they were) to feeling that the election is rigged , he seemed to take it and didn’t flinch. As she discussed this we have never seen Hillary more of  her usual mechanical script. She was more  passionate More passionate and more real than we have ever seen her before.

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Hillary did not look too pleased when Trump said Bernie Sanders said she had bad judgements and Posdesta said she had bad instincts as she shot him an ice old glare.

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There was no doubt that this debate was taking it’s toll on Trump as even though he left no stone unturned and attacked Hillary and her record and her points whenever he could , he was sweating more than we have ever seen him do in the past. In fact, he not only wipes the persperation off his upper lip, he also wiped it from under his chin.

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When he lays it into Hillary about Syria, something she is no downt sensitive about, she smiles  her uncomfortable tense and non genuine smile as she looks down.

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Trump goes on with angry furrowed brow to say how she has been  outplayed by Russia.  Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 7.29.41 PM.png

We then see Hillary’s head nod resurface as she is listening to a question being asked.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 7.32.53 PM.pngIn Trump’s final interruption when Hillary spoke, he made it very personal as he sauid “What a nasty woman.” What he may not have realized is that this statement he made about her may have been an unintentional  a compliment in disguise as being a “nasty woman” on the world scene may have it’s advantages.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 7.34.34 PM.pngWhen asked to make a last minute statement about what she would do as President, we have never seen Hillary more passionate, more articulate, more dynamic,and more fluid in her speech and in her body language.We did not hear the rehearsed and robotic Hillary we have come to deared in the past. She sounded more sincere and open as she looked straight ahead,  directly into the camera as she spoke to the viewers. Her last statement was very gracious and humble as she in essence said that she hoped that the voters would allow her to represent them.

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Surprisingly,Trump did not take advantage of all of his years as a media personality and did not seem as media savvy as we know he is, as he did not look directly into the camera as he addressed Americans as to why he should be president.Although he made occasional glimpses towards the front of the camera, he mostly looked off to the side as you can see here. Although he spoke with sincerity and seemed real and genuine in what he said, the message wasn’t as powerful because he lost his on-camera presence by not facing the camera and talking directly to the people.

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At the end, when Chris Wallace was thanking the two, Trump looked serious, while Hillary smiled. But this time her smile was not out of nervousness. It was a genuine smile.

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-7-37-20-pmThe first one to leave the podium was Hillary as she confidently reached out to give Chris Wallace a handshake.

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-7-37-29-pmTrump took his time detaching from the microphones and  finally wandered over to Wallace and told him that he did a great job ( which I garnered from lipreading what he said).


Trup’s family then gathered on stage while Hillary went down into the audience to mingle. In lip reading what he said, Trump asked his family members if he did a good job. the only one he kissed was Tiffany. Even though Milania was the first on the stage, he did not greet her with a kiss. To me that said a lot.

Perhaps he was mad at her for saying in her Anderson Cooper interview that she feels like she had two boys at home- her son and Donald. Perhaps Donald didn’t like how she handled the scandal by not defending him more passionately and more forcefully. At any rate, this was not a good sign in light of th fact that one of the biggest negatives about Trump is his treatment of women. It seems that he needed to show more affection towards her and vice versa. Trump did not look happy on th sathe and his body language showed tension.

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-7-39-20-pmHe also showed that tension when he went down from the stage and into the audience. His face looked tense and his shoulders were more rounded than usual. He was not smiling.

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-7-39-06-pmThis was in contrast to Hillary, who was all smiles and made direct eye contact with many in the crowd.

In summary,  this was the best debate of all three because it was not as nasty as the others. You really heard what each candidate would do from their own mouths.  Even though they gave one another zingers, they “gave as good as they got” so to speak. They responded appropriately and passionately and each made some good points.

Those that love Trump will think that he won the debate and those that love Hillary will think that she won the debate.

From a  body language point of view, I think Hillary shone through a lot more as she was more in control yet more passionate, more real and more connected than we have ever seen her before. While she did smile when she was nervous, it was not excessive and her body language corresponded with what she was saying. Trump was a bit nervous, perspired  more than usual, and interrupted  as he did in the previous debates.  However, he too was passionate, real, connected and equally got his message across.



18 thoughts on “Body Language of 3rd Debate- Hillary Passionate, Less Robotic, Smiles Under Stress While Trump Is Real, Interrupts, and Sweats Under Stress

  1. Dr Lillian, it is amazing how quickly you got this commentary out for your audience! I applaud you! Thank you. I did notice a stark contrast though from previous commentaries. It was far more endearing and complimentary towards Hillary than in any other commentary before. I usually agree with your commentaries. I don’t disagree here, however, it is noticeable. Is it perhaps due to so much criticism by some nastier elements of your audience making accusations of being biased due to complimentary remarks about Trump, leading you to feel the need to defend yourself (which you don’t have to do. People on both sides of the debate will like and dislike anything said about these candidates). This commentary seemed to gush with undue praise towards Hillary, far more than usual, or necessary. Once again, thank you for sharing your expertise.


  2. After the 2nd dabate there were lots of blogs on how Tiffany avoided her father’s kiss. I believe he and Tiffany made an effort to dispute that there was any indifference within their relationship by his kissing her immediately as she entered the stage.
    Donald wears his emotions openly. I remember during the primary he was asked about being loved his response ” I would want to be respected”.
    You have presented your expert analysis to both candidates with respect, with that I hope and I do encourage others to read your blog.


  3. I don’t know that Hillary was embarrassed about the “6 billion lost.” That money hasn’t been lost and the rumor it has been lost has been debunked. I think she was annoyed about that more than anything.


    1. No, it has been confirmed. The State Dept had over 6 billion dollars unaccounted for during her tenure. If by “debunked”, you mean by Snopes, that is invalid from the start (Snopes is a privately owned blog by someone who makes their living off the advertising from it. Controlled & biased to the left).


  4. While I agree that she looked down and seemed uncomfortable when attacked about her emails, I disagree with your other assessments in terms of Clinton’s tendency to look down. I think most of the time she is writing down notes or looking at her notes. This is easier to see in wider shots, at times you can see her pen and her right arm moving. Sometime when she talks, you can see her refer to her notes. I think its fairly baseline debate behavior for her and other experienced debaters and lawyers.


  5. I feel Trump has been beaten down by the biased mainstream media and it is starting to show. He has been through a lot. Even leaked video showed how the dnc was trying to sabotage his rallys with violence. Then he had all those false allegations from the women thrown at him. I don’t trust Hillary as far as I can throw her. She is just saying things to get elected. To me Trump has been more genuine and honest in his words and actions.


    1. Some people also pointed out that it looks like Hillary had a yellowish filter on her to make her look “softer”. If you look at the backround letters behind both of them Hillarys has that golden yellowish color. Behind Trump it is white letters.


      1. Good eye. I would suggest that these are two separate videos camera feeds.

        Video extrapolates the color spectrum based on the darkest darks and whitest whites in the frame.

        Because Trump is in a very white shirt and a dark suit you will get a sharp contrast in the white letters.

        Since Hillary is in all cream you will get less of a contrast and more of a yellow intermediate hue.


      2. The old “Rigged” theory again? You Trump Rumps never cease to amaze me. “The SKY is falling!!!!” “APOCALYPSE!!!” The person that starts the “Rigged” BS is usually the one that knows he is going to LOSE!
        There is Nothing appealing about Trump. Nothing. None. Looks and acts like a weasel. He is a Con Man extraordinaire.
        He i$ a Billionaire that $ure a$ $hit will protect hi$ fellow BILLIONAIRE$!

        Some of you people like to say that he is a “Political Outsider”, ‘scuse me? Seriously? He has put MORE money into BUYING Politicians, than he has his own damn “Charity”…….
        He BUYS them, they don’t do his bidding, he insults them and tries to destroy theri careers…. ‘tink aboot it!


  6. Dr Glass, I had different interpretations for many of your readings of HRC’s jaw and I was wondering if you would comment on my interpretations. Don’t worry! I’m only going to ask you to review one of them.

    After Trump says ” let’s talk about her  about her real record  in Syria and ISIS.” In discomfort, she gives a very tense, and nervous tight jawed smile as you c n see above.
    Okay. So my interpretation was that she made a wide, genuine smile that reached her eyes. It’s clearer just moments before your picture (around 48:00 on the CSPAN video if you want to look). This smile was a reaction right after DT says “she gave us ISIS”. The picture you used was just after when DT continued to expand on the topic.
    My interpretation is that she smiled not out of discomfort but exasperation or knowingness that DT would accuse her of this again. I think she keeps smiling (less but still smiling) because it would be awkward to smile so large then immediately just show no emotion. Even in private, that action feels awkward to me. I think her smile is exasperation because she smiles in this way at the same statements in the previous two debates. Especially with all of her preparation, I don’t think she is uncomfortable when she smiles like that.

    I think body language is very interesting and I thank you for your response.


  7. Maybe i’m mIssing something here and EVERYWHERE. No one seems to ever comment on Trump’s “tiredness” in the evenings ( past 7/8 pm ). From the very begining of this RACE, whenever he came out to hold conferences, give speeches etc. etc. he always looks beat. being a senior myself, i know about naps to feel/look your best. Of course, he brags that he doesn’t need much sleep….that is BS….that’s why he loses it 1/2 hour into LATE night events….he just can’t keep up, much less beat anyone else. He needs a nap or two every day. Oh well..just my 2 cents!!!!!


  8. Were you and I watching the same debate? Eye contact? Sweating? Donald has a lot to sweat about. If you were England and you were fighting the USA , China and Russia all at the same time, wouldn’t you feel stressed? Here is a man, who has put up his brand, his future and his family to fight for the American Middle Class. He stole the Republican Party from the Establishment. He is being opposed by not just Hillary and the Democrats, but by the GOP, the Establishment, big business, big banks and the Media. He has every right to sweat. He’s in the ring and he’s giving everything he has.

    I hope the voters can see this. I wear my “Make America Great Again” hat wherever I go (doesn’t say Trump). When I meet someone, friend or stranger, I never bring up politics. But they do. I’ve had lots of people compliment me on my hat. I asked a Black man if I could share his bench. I am 84 and have Myeloma. I was exhausted from walking. He told me to sit down and immediately started telling me that he and his whole family and all his union buddies were voting for Trump. I’ve had young girls look at my hat, nod and smile at me as they walk by. I”m no Clark Gable. I had a stranger in a truck pull alongside me, see my hat, honk the horn and give me a thumbs up.

    As for HIllary’s eye contact, it was rare. She may have made eye contact in the few instances you mentioned. But for an hour and a half I watched her look at the lectern, roam the audience without a specific person in mind and even avoid the moderator. Donald on the other hand almost always made contact either with Hillary, Wallace or the camera. And her smile isn’t a smile. And as for her final statement, don’t tell me it wasn’t rehearsed. It was memorized as were many of her answers. In fact I often wondered if she wasn’t reading them off the lectern.

    I read another piece by a similar body expert that I think appeared in the Huffington Post. She/he also spoke of HIllary’s body language but the paradox was the pictures of both that she included in her article. Hillary was looking off to the side and Donald was looking me right in the eye.

    I can’t claim to be a body language expert, but I think I’m as good, maybe better. For instance, before Donald walked down the stairs and announced he was running, all the pols and pundits said he wasn’t. As he came down the stairs I was still hearing these same guys say he won’t do it; he’ll say he’s setting up a committee or something vague like that. But at least a week before that I knew Donald was going to run. How did I know that? Because in an interview I heard him asked “Are you going to run for President?” And I heard his answer. “If I run, I’m running to win.” By the tone of his voice, I knew he was going to run. And I was right and all the experts were wrong.


  9. Hillary had a big grin when he mentioned throwing gays off buildings. I was shocked by it. Surprised you did not mention it. It scared me.


    1. She’s been in bed with the muslim countries for a long time now. She thinks she has gotten away with it, thus, probably why she is so smug. It is catching up with her though.


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