May 142017


In the October issue of The Atlantic, James Fallows wrote about the presidential debates between Donald J Tump and Hillary Clinton.  Fallows has met the wonderful naturalist Jane Goodall whose life has been dedicated to studying chimpanzees.  He write about a conversation he had with Goodall before Trump beat out his opponents and became the Republican nominee.  He quotes Jane:


“In many ways, the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” Goodall told him. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays — stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. 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.”




Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Briar Woods High School August 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

In the same Atlantic article, Fallows quotes Jane Goodall in her book, “My Life with the Chimpanzees.”  Fallows goes on to describe a chimp that Jane writes about.  His name was Mike and he was notorious for deploying many of the techniques Trump has found success using to maintain his dominance over the other chimps. Things like “creating confusion and noise that made his rivals flee and cower.” Trump, Fallows writes, dispatched his 17 opponents “as Goodall’s Mike the chimp might if he could talk.”

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

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