Jane Goodall compares Trump debate style to chimpanzees
“In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” Goodall told The Atlantic.
“In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks.”
Goodall compared the GOP presidential nominee specifically to a chimp she wrote about in “My Life With the Chimpanzees” named Mike.
Mike kicked kerosene cans down the road as he walked as a dominance ritual, creating a noise that alarmed and scared off his rivals.
“The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position,” Goodall said.
Trump’s unusual style dominated attention during the GOP primary debates. He made a habit of referring to his opponents by insulting nicknames, launching attacks on moderators and even boasting about the size of certain parts of his body.