Was Donald Trump attempting to assert his dominance by invading Hillary Clinton’s personal space on stage during the St. Louis debate Sunday?
Viewers noticed several camera shots of Clinton during the debate seemed to show Trump looming behind her.
When Clinton made herself available to reporters on her campaign plane after the debate, she was asked if she could tell that Donald Trump “was standing right behind her,” during her answer to a question about Obamacare. Clinton responded that she could, and that Trump “was very present.”
“It was a very small space,” Clinton said of Trump’s proximity. “And I tried to give him space whenever he was talking to people. I would go back and you know, lean up against my stool. But he was very present.”
Social media users seemed to notice, as well:
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) October 10, 2016
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 10, 2016
Scary Halloween costume idea: Dress up like Trump, go to a party, and stand 3-5 feet behind successful women. pic.twitter.com/tz6STpkccQ
— erin chack (@ErinChack) October 10, 2016
Honestly Trump stalking behind Clinton is making me feel super uncomfortable. Like knots in my stomach discomfort.
— #FreeBresha (@prisonculture) October 10, 2016
Trump lurking behind HRC like a Komodo dragon.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) October 10, 2016
why is trump standing right behind her like that, his body language reminds me of every abuser i’ve ever encountered. #debate
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) October 10, 2016
Note to my male friends who might not realize: Trump’s standing behind her is a bullying tactic. Abusive men do this to us all the time.
— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) October 10, 2016
Clinton: ‘He’s Right Behind Me, Isn’t He?’ #debate
— Onion Politics (@OnionPolitics) October 10, 2016