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Donald Trump and chimpanzees have a lot in common according to Jane Goodall

More specifically, she refers to Trump as the "swaggering" type of chimpanzee.
World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall still believes Trump and chimpanzees behave similarly. Photo: Getty Images

World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall claims President Trump’s behavior patterns are similar to a chimpanzee's.

Goodall, who has spent over 50 years working with primates, believes there is a connection between the behavior of chimpanzees and Donald Trump.

She first compared Trump to a chimpanzee last October, just before Trump won the GOP, but since Trump has become president, she believes his chimp-like behavior has become more evident. 

“In many ways, the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” she said to The Atlantic during the presidential election last year.

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“In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: Stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. 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.”

There were plenty of moments during Trump’s campaign where Trump appeared to do a lot of his own form of rock throwing, branch dragging and stamping, to become the president of the United States.

Since he’s taken office, there have been plenty of other moments where he displayed boisterous behavior and he has been steadily becoming more aggressive with threats toward North Korea.

During Trump’s first speech at the U.N, General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said he would “totally destroy” North Korea if pushed to those limits. 

Jane Goodall adds that Trump’s behavior is similar to an aggressive chimp – particularly a “swaggering” chimpanzee.

“When chimps are competing for dominance, they do a lot of blustering, swaggering, and intimidation,” Goodall explained to Jezebel in a recent interview.

“The chimps who are smart, they use their brain and they get to the top by forming clever alliances, like with their brothers. 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,” she added.

While it might seem like a stretch to compare Donald Trump to a chimpanzee, it is interesting to see how some of his behavior patterns before and after the election are somewhat in line with the behavior of a chimpanzee. According to Goodall, all the “swaggering” Donald Trump is doing will shorten his time in office.  There are many people who are hoping for just that.