Earlier this week, sentient skim vanilla latte with no whip Ivanka Trump and straight-talking socialist/right-wing obsession Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clashed on whether Americans have the right to jobs that pay a living wage. The millionaire who used to hang out with Paris Hilton in St. Tropez says absolutely not; the former bartender from the Bronx who lost her father to cancer and whose family went into debt, their house on the verge of foreclosure, says absolutely yes.
"I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something," she said. "I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get. So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where’s there’s the potential for upward mobility."
On Tuesday evening, AOC fired back at Ivanka, tweeting: "As a person who actually worked for tips and hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn about it second-hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live. A living wage isn’t a gift, it’s a right. Workers are often paid far less than the value they create."
Imagine attacking a Jobs Guarantee by saying ‘people prefer to earn money.’
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 26, 2019
Ivanka’s widely slammed statement was also widely shared, which was exactly the intent: Drum up the base for her father’s reelection campaign and distract the media from the Michael Cohen hearing, where Trump’s former lawyer and fixer said quite a few damning things about the fam.
Now that the House Oversight Committee is looking to interview Ivanka and Don Jr., a real showdown between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the first daughter and White House advisor might be in store.
It’s no surprise that Ivanka’s words on Fox News rang hollow to everyone but the most diehard Trump loyalists: Even if we, for one minute, allowed that she had a point, does anyone really think she believes what she’s saying? And not just believes it, but cares about what she’s saying and feels it in her heart?
"Here’s the problem with her: So much of what she does is a performance, I don’t see very much real there. It’s pretty difficult to see what’s real for her and what’s not," Patti Wood, body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, told Refinery29 when asked whether she thinks Ivanka’s statement seemed authentic. For a bunch of deliberate talking points, it was well-written. But it wasn’t the spontaneous delivery of a person who knows what they’re talking about — which is what Ivanka is ostensibly supposed to be — it was a crafted-to-death GOP message delivered through the most attractive vessel they have.
Ivanka appeared unusually uncomfortable and "very frozen" just before Hilton’s question, said Wood. "It was very odd. It’s on Fox News! She should be fairly relaxed." During the interview, she adjusted her hair, which is an "anxiety cue," she added. When she talks about "traveling around this country over the last four years," Wood said it appears inauthentic. "Personally, I found it bizarre, the fact that she was drawing these conclusions about the American people. She’s isolated with security guards."
As someone who coaches politicians on public speaking, Wood said she is confident that Ivanka has been extensively tutored to slow down her voice in order to sound "more authoritative, knowledgeable, and intelligent." While she used to sound more "flirty" with interviewers, she has taken great pains and effort to lower her pitch, articulate more, and slow down her delivery. Over time, she’s also developed an affect to her voice. This type of vocal change can work wonders on the right audience — and clearly it already does.
As Ivanka finishes her answer, Wood noted that she looked flustered and her eyes close. "I think it’s because she’s finished acting — she kind of stretches out and shuts her eyes, like she’s done performing."
Contrast Ivanka’s delivery with that of AOC, who recently tweeted that bartending and waitressing in NYC, where she’s had to talk to thousands of customers, has prepared her for her skilled, deliberate questioning of Michael Cohen in Wednesday’s hearing.
AOC’s delivery is stronger, faster, and there’s an energy underneath it, said Wood. "Her gestures show that she’s trustworthy and honest. When identifying integrity or deception in a statement, you look for when the gesture occurs. When someone is being authentic, they gesture just before or at the moment of their statement," Wood told us in December, pointing out at how AOC gestures to emphasize the key points of her platform when speaking. "She does that, over and over again. What happens in your primitive brain is that you trust, you believe, because it’s in sync. It almost musical, it makes you feel good to watch her."
When analyzing someone’s body language for authenticity, Wood said, she looks for emotion. "There’s a chutzpah when AOC speaks. So you know she’s feeling what she’s talking about, it’s what she believes in and there’s an authenticity there. You sense this feeling as their words come out — they’ll feel it, they’ll show it, they’ll say it." She recommended watching both women speak with the sound off and taking note of who makes you feel more comfortable. For her, that’s AOC.
While that’s a more subjective question, one thing is for sure: We’d tune in to watch these two debate policy — not on Twitter or through proxies, but in real time. CNN, you know this town hall would get much higher ratings than the Howard Schultz one. Make it happen.
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Source: Refinery29 – Natalie Gontcharova