Donald Trump doesn’t move. We’re not talking ideologically or politically, but physically. A combination of arm movements, facial expressions and an occasional shrug keep a viewer visually occupied, but Donald Trump is a remarkably motionless speaker. Most candidates roam their stage, looking deep into the corners of the room or moving up close to audience members to listen or to emphasize a point. Not Trump. He stays rooted in a single spot, rarely moving with his feet fixed to the floor.
At his own rallies Trump speaks from a lectern with a fixed microphone, rarely venturing away. That’s his choice – he could of course be outfitted with a handheld mic or a lavalier mic clipped to his jacket or tie. On Saturday Trump appeared at Scott Brown’s “No BS Backyard BBQ” series, held that day indoors at a car dealership. There was a modest sized stage, sans lectern, and Trump used a handheld wireless mic. We’ve condensed 10 minutes of his speech into a 30 second clip – watch it below.
Is it a sign of confidence, steadily staying put as hundreds or thousands of people sit and watch him? Is it a sign of insecurity, afraid to move under the glare of the lights and his audience? I have no idea, but it is a fascinating small element of Trump’s performance.
Here’s a 10 minute clip from his Portsmouth, NH speech, run at high speed in a 30 second clip: