While Bernie Sanders’s body language showed that he was angry not only about the issues he passionately believes in, his body language showed that he was clearly angry that he was not the nominee.
He showed that anger through pointing, pursed lips, and lip licking as he reluctantly supported Hillary.
He openly addressed the elephant in the room and said that he was unhappy that he didn’t get the nomination as he verbalized” I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved.”
As he said “This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we currently experience, the worst it has been since 1928. It is not moral, not acceptable and not sustainable that the top one-tenth of one percent now own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, or that the top 1 percent in recent years has earned 85 percent of all new income. That is unacceptable. That must change” one could not help but think of Hillary being at that a “grotesque level of income and wealth inequality ” to which he was referring. After all, Hillary and Bill are one of the richest couples in the world.
Deep down, here was no happiness and joy in his speech. He did what he had to do and the only thing he felt good about was that several of the issues he holds near and dear have now been incorporated into the Democratic Platform.
Whenever he mentioned Hillary’s name he never smiled or showed warmth.
While Bernie has usually shown a similar body language and facial expression throughout his campaign, the fact that this was the Democratic convention where she was supposed to be singing Hillary’s praises speaks volumes. It says that his heart isn’t really into it. While the words are certainly there, his body language says the complete opposite.
His final statement is very telling as she says “ Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.”
What he is saying is that he is going to make sure that he keeps an eye on the Democratic Party to make sure that all of his issues are implemented into the Democratic Platform because no doubt, he doesn’t really trust them. After what happened to him during the campaign, where millions Americans voted and sent in contributions to finance his campaign, turned out for his rallies, and cheered on his promised revolution, little did they know that Bernie never stood a chance. Their time and effort was wasted.
Now leaked emails have confirmed what he suspected all along- that the Democratic National Committee decided that Hillary Clinton would be the Presidential nominee long before any votes were cast.
His supporters at the convention appeared to be devastated. Many of them covered their mouth in upset and even cried, as you can see in the photos above. With knowledge of the leaked emails his supporters are livid. For many on the fence as to whether they were Bernie or Hillary supporters, the rigged campaign may have prompted them to leave the party all together and vote for Trump. Others who were Bernie supporters may feel duped and so angry at the DNC , that they too may refuse to vote for Hillary.
Even though his parting words were ” Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight.” his body language and facial expression showed that he really didn’t believe what he was saying. He wasn’t smiling at all when he made that statement.
In fact ,the only time Bernie cracked a smile was when he was how much love there was on the convention floor for him and people wouldn’t stop clapping or chanting his name. Otherwise he had a sour facial expression throughout his speech. He clearly never smiled when she spoke of Hillary.
His body language and facial expression said that deep down he believes, as do all of his supporters, that he would make an outstanding president and he would be prouder if he were the nominee instead of Hillary.