As seen in the below and above photos, Hillary Clinton experienced Donald Trump looming over her at an uncomfortably close distance during their second presidential debate on Sunday, October 9 in St. Louis.
It was such a close and odd distance that social media pounced on Trump during the debate, with folks creating all sorts of memes that mocked just how close Donald was standing to Hillary. Now, Clinton has spoken with Ellen DeGeneres about just how weird it felt to have Trump “stalk” her onstage at the debate.
In the above video, Hillary said that she felt Trump’s weird presence behind her onstage at the debate. Clinton actually used the word “stalk” to represent Trump’s behavior.
Hillary noted that she felt Trump was very angry because a 2005 conversation with Billy Bush, which included lewd comments about grabbing women by their private parts, had recently been leaked. Clinton said that Trump brought that anger to the debate stage with him that night.
Body language experts have already studied Trump’s behavior from that debate, with some calling Trump’s pacing and stalking manner something similar to the behavior of primates who are trying to control their prey.
It is the first time that Hillary has spoken out about how she felt with Trump standing so close to her and looming over her on the debate stage at Washington University.
Whether described as stalking, lurking, or looming, Trump’s stance behind Hillary – as well as other stances whereby Trump grabbed his debate chair – have all been analyzed in-depth on social media by those who’ve posted photos, videos, and GIFs from the event. Some pretty clever and funny memes have resulted from Trump’s body language and behavior.
Hillary not only called Trump’s behavior weird that evening, but also very odd. Others on social media have likened Trump’s looming over Hillary as an attempt to control Clinton.
“I felt, whoa, this is really weird. He would literally stalk me around stage and it was so odd.”
According to the Daily Mail, body language experts have analyzed Trump’s behavior and likened them to that of a dog who gets nervous and feels backed into a corner – a “pre-assault indicator” that means the dog is planning to attack when the animal feels threatened.
Clinton went on to say that she was not making assumptions that she would win the presidency, even in light of the continually controversial videos of Trump that have emerged. Instead, Hillary noted that the next three and a half weeks require hard work, especially with Trump promising to run a stronger campaign, now that the “shackles” are off.
“There’s hardly any part of America that he has not targeted. Now it makes you want to turn off the news. It makes you want to unplug the Internet or just look at cat GIFs. Believe me, I get it.
“I’ve watched a lot of cats do a lot of weird and interesting things. But we have a job to do and it will be good for people and for cats. His campaign is promising more scorched earth attacks. Now that’s up to him.
“I signed on for this. But I will defend and stand up for every other person or every other group.
“I think some people are discouraged by it, feel that they don’t want to even get involved by voting because it’s so abhorrent to them. But we have to make the case that the best way to rebuke the kind of campaign that the other side has run is by defeating my opponent and what he stands for.”
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