Footage of new US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley at his official swearing in ceremony has been ripped apart online.
The video – the first meeting in front of the cameras with Donald Trump after allegations of sexual misconduct – was deemed ‘painful’ and ‘uncomfortable to watch’ by people on Twitter.
Body language expert Robin Kermode analysed the clip for Metro.co.uk and said it portrayed ‘one of the saddest shows of “loyalty” I have ever seen’.
He explained: ‘At the start they “do” the official briefest of public kisses on the cheek. As soon as it’s over her eyes tell it all.
‘She looks down and her eyes flicker not knowing where best to look and then turns away as quickly as possible.
Kanye West uses the word ‘motherf*****’ during Oval Office meeting with TrumpMr Kermode said that it then looked as if ‘Kavanaugh puts his right hand on her left shoulder with a tight pinch movement with his thumb, which looks odd and controlling.
‘He then pushes her aside with his hand to get to his daughter.’
He says that throughout the video Mrs Kavanaugh’s ‘shoulders are tense’ her ‘lip corners are tight’ and pulled down throughout and ‘her smile does not reach her eyes’.
The expert said ‘her smile does not reach her eyes’ (Picture: Jamal Hug Pope/Fox News/Facebook)
The body language expert said Ashley Kavanaugh was tense throughout (Picture: Jamal Hug Pope/Fox News/Facebook)‘I counted ten upward left eye flicks,’ he said.
‘In the whole 45 second appearance she looks at him for a combined total of one second.’
He also interpreted Mrs Kavanaugh as looking ‘vulnerable and alone for the whole event’ and says that she never turns to her husband for support, instead looking towards her daughter.
Man reunited with dog after it went missing three years agoThe expert said: ‘Occasionally, as if she has given herself a mental push to “perform” for the occasion, she tries to smile broadly but this merely exaggerates the tension.’
Kavanaugh is accused of ‘manhandling’ his wife’s right shoulder, almost pulling her off balance, Mr Kermode said.
‘He continues to pat her as if trying to get attention but she looks everywhere else but to him.
‘At one stage she even would rather look at Trump.’
Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court on Saturday and took his first job on the bench on Tuesday.
It brought a close to a deeply contentious nomination process that sparked mass protests, an FBI investigation and a national reckoning over power, gender and sexual assault.
Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual misconduct, including California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who testified under oath that the judge tried to assault her at a high school party decades ago.
He adamantly denies the allegations.
A body language expert claims Ashley Kavanaugh would rather look at her daughter then her husband Brett Kavanaugh (Picture: Jamal Hug Pope/Fox News/Facebook)In his Senate testimony last month, Kavanaugh accused Democrats of orchestrating a partisan campaign against him and said: ‘I’ll be the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all-women law clerks. That is who I am.’
Trump threw his support behind Kavanaugh at the White House, saying he was ‘caught in a hoax set up by the Democrats’.
Robin Kermode is the author of the bestselling book SPEAK SO YOUR AUDIENCE WILL LISTEN available to buy here. He is a popular keynote speaker, one of Europe’s leading communication coaches and founder of the coaching consultancy, Zone 2.
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