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Jane Goodall Compares Trump Debate Style to Chimpanzees

Jane Goodall has compared Donald Trump’s behavior with dominance-seeking traits she observed in wild chimpanzees.

The Hill reports:

Famed anthropologist Jane Goodall says Donald Trump’s approach to political debates is similar to chimpanzees performing dominance rituals.

“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 first debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is Sept. 26.

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.

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