Amanda Carpenter, who is at the center of the Ted Cruz Sex Scandal, has made the rounds on TV in an attempt to clear her name. But what is her communication and body language really saying? Is she being forthright? Is she telling the truth that she did not have an affair with Ted Cruz? Is she lying?
It seems that her appearances may have done her more harm than good based on her on-camera delivery, in my view. What she should have done was to look directly at CNN’s Jake Tapper, her interviewer, and emphatically say that she did not have an affair and leave it at that. But instead, she did way too much explaining and went off on tangents, which may have done more self-damage by perhaps making people more skeptical of her.
As she looks down, she squinches her forehead as she says he has been 100 percent faithful to her husband. But she says this in a monotone devoid of emotion.To sound more credible, in my view, she needed to look directly at Tapper and not look down or away.
Then she finally looks up and says that there is nothing more important to her than being a good wife and a good mother. She says this in a staccato tone, which tended to make her sound a little too defensive.
When Jake Tapper asks her about the sports jacket she was wearing and it being the same jacket that Cruz was wearing, she seemed to be flustered by this question as she once again looks down and while breaking eye contact with Tapper. She also shrugs her shoulders (often regarded as a signal of deception) and blames it on conspiracy theories.
Had she looked directly Tapper in the eye and said that she was cold and Cruz gave her his jacket to wear, that may have put an end to speculation about the two. But she did not do that. Instead, she was flustered and continued to sound defensive. Then she gets testy in her tone as she says she can’t understand why the Trump campaign is doing this and how no other campaign would touch this kind of stuff. This is the first time she displays any negative emotion.
By deflecting blame on Trump, she once again makes one wonder if indeed something personal was going on with her and Cruz. She needed to sound more direct and state her truth in a more powerful tone to add to her credibility.
As she says it’s really a conspiracy theory, she shakes her head “no” perhaps indicating that she may perhaps subconsciously know that it may not be a conspiracy theory as she verbally stated.
She also does a lot of “uptalk,” where her inflection goes up at the end of sentences. This can often make others question whether what she is saying is true as she denies any personal involvement with Cruz. She says this with the phrases “defending myself” which makes her sound tentative as though she is asking a question and is insecure about what she is saying.
Then she tries to take the oneness off of her and encourages people to look at the broader aspect of the campaign. She says “there is toxic culture” and “go into it with both eyes open and not be afraid to confront it.” In making this statement, she is attempting to take the attention off of herself and deflect it outward. She also wanted Trump to put a stop to this but said she was disheartened when Trump said that the National Enquirer got it right before. In essence, she was upset that Trump didn’t come to her defense.
When Tapper asked her if she was going to take any legal action she leaked out “I talked to” and then immediately changed her rhetoric by saying she wanted to get through this and protect her reputation, her career and her family. Then she mumbled out something that sounded like ” I’ll continue to talking to lawyers.” So it seems that she is looking into taking legal action concerning this matter. It is clear that she doesn’t want this incident to hurt her career. But the fact that she is out front on the national pages may have helped her career. No one knew who Amanda Carpenter was before this scandal. This may have helped her career by putting her on the map. Who knows, she may even get her own show after this scandal. After all, look how well Kim Kardashian did after her scandal.
It is clear that she doesn’t want this incident to hurt her career. But the fact that she is out front on the national pages, ironically may have helped her career. No one knew who Amanda Carpenter was before this scandal. This may have helped her career by putting her on the map. Who knows, she may even get her own show after this scandal. After all, look how well Kim Kardashian did after her own sex scandal.
Whether or not Amanda had an affair with Cruz is only something she and Cruz know for sure. So one cannot accuse her of having an affair if there is no proof or actual witnesses. But one can definitely say that she did not come across very well in her interview. Therefore, she may have created more doubt in the minds of the public, based on her performance.
Personally, I believe she needs to lay low and not do further damage to herself by appearing on camera for a while. Then she needs to reinvent herself and get back out there after this scandal dies down, where she is not a part of the news, but rather reporting the news.