‘The ones who swagger don’t last as long’: Jane Goodall doubles down on Trump-chimp comparison
Famed primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall has once again compared President Donald Trump to a chimp in a new Jezebel interview.
“It’s certainly true,” Goodall told Jezebel. “When chimps are competing for dominance, they do a lot of blustering, swaggering, and intimidation.”
Almost exactly a year ago, Goodall told The Atlantic that then-candidate Trump’s debate style reminded her of “dominance rituals” performed by chimps.
“In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks,” she told The Atlantic last September. “In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance ritual.”
In that interview, she said Trump reminded her specifically of a chimp she once knew named Mike, who was unnecessarily loud in his attempts to “scare off” rivals.
“The more vigorous and imaginative the display,” she said of Mike and Trump’s style, “the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”
Despite the swift rise to the top, however, Goodall said in her Jezebel interview about now-President Trump that his style doesn’t make for longevity.
“The chimps who are smart, they use their brain and they get to the top by forming clever alliances, like with their brothers,” she told Jezebel. “So you don’t challenge the top guy without a lot of support. They last longer, the ones with the brain. The ones who do the swaggering don’t last as long.”