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Fox News Had A Body Language Expert Analyze Fani Willis On The Stand—And It Backfired Hard

Laura Ingraham brought body language expert Tonya Reiman on to analyze Fani Willis as she took the stand in her own defense, and it did not go as planned.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis recently took the stand to testify in her own defense regarding her relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade amid concerns that it could have compromised the investigation into former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn 2020 election results in Georgia.

Fox News, eager to scrutinize Willis' body language during her testimony, invited body language expert Tonya Reiman to share her insights on The Ingraham Angle with host Laura Ingraham—and it totally backfired.

Reiman began by describing Willis as exuding confidence from the moment she entered the room:

“When I see her walk in, she is all confidence. You watch her, she’s walking in with a tight stride and then, interestingly enough, sits and she does what we’d call, like, a double leg.”
“So she sits down almost in a mannish way where she does this four-pronged leg move, which displays confidence. So she felt good."

Ingraham interjected, asking Reiman to further elaborate on what she meant when she used the term "four-pronged leg move" and things spiraled from there.

You can watch what happened in the video below.

Reiman responded:

“So both legs sit down, and one leg goes sturdy, and the other leg crosses over — like a masculine leg movement that you would see a man use when he’s wearing pants."
"You normally wouldn’t see this with a woman who’s wearing a dress. So that’s why it’s called four-leg prong.”

The discussion then shifted to a moment during Willis' testimony when she began waving her finger while making a point. The program played a clip of this gesture, prompting Ingraham to ask for Reiman's analysis.

But Reiman didn't have anything negative to say:

“Again, this is a person who’s used to being in front of an audience, so she’s very strong when it comes to her nonverbals. She holds eye contact."
"She does swivel in her chair, but that’s more to make sure she’s holding eye contact with who she’s speaking to at that moment … So she has very strong body language when it comes to being direct and forthcoming."

Ingraham's disappointment was palpable—and people couldn't get enough of it.

During the acrimonious daylong hearing, attorneys for Trump and other defendants claimed that Willis had improperly benefited from the case due to alleged financial contributions from Wade. It was asserted that Wade used income from his work on the case to fund vacations with Willis to destinations such as Aruba and Belize.

In response to the accusations, Willis vehemently defended herself, accusing Ashleigh Merchant, an attorney for one of Trump's co-defendants, of lying in court documents. Willis emphasized that the defendants were the ones on trial for attempting to steal the 2020 election and asserted that she was not on trial, regardless of attempts to portray otherwise.

Willis' decision to testify was particularly noteworthy, considering that the presiding judge, Scott McAfee, might not have compelled her to do so. Initially, Willis had objected to efforts to subpoena her testimony, but she later chose to take the stand voluntarily.

The hearing concluded on Thursday, with Willis set to resume her testimony on Friday morning.