Trump lurks behind Clinton like a creep during the debate, the internet notices
At last night’s town hall debate, Donald Trump said a lot of awful things. We expected that because that’s what he does. But this time, without a podium to restrain him, Trump also used body language to try to intimidate Clinton by lurking behind her as she spoke.
Unfortunately for him, Miss Hillary ignored it; she paid as little attention to him as she did to a fly that landed on her face at the beginning of the debate. Annoying insects with nothing to say, even if they are 6-3 and lurking behind her, don’t merit the attention of a pro like Hillary.
CNN pointed out The Lurk in a video. Get ready for 30 seconds of “I’m uncomfortable and I need an adult” discomfort.
— CNN (@CNN) October 10, 2016
Twitter jumped right on it, pointing out what most of us knew right way — that this was the move of a man who believes he’s bigger and better than women and is ready to use whatever he has available (in this case, his body) to intimidate them. Just like his campaign’s use of descriptors like “broad-shouldered leader,” Trump was trying to use the physical contrast between the two of them to imply a difference in strength and seriousness. To be fair, however, we should acknowledge that he doesn’t have much else to work with.
The body language of Trump staying standing & constantly lurking right behind Clinton is just a little too revealing.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) October 10, 2016
Women watching the debate were also quick to point out what the presence of a man hovering behind you means to a woman. It means that it’s time to pull your keys out of your pocket and hold one of them between your knuckles as a weapon.
The way Trump loomed behind Clinton in last night’s #debate is the textbook reason woman are told to go for the eyes when attacked by men.
— Maria DahvanaHeadley (@MARIADAHVANA) October 10, 2016
Any man who says Donald Trump won doesn’t understand what it’s like for a woman to be loomed over by a creep. #debate
— Sean Kent (@seankent) October 10, 2016
And, of course, some of the comments made us laugh about the creepiness of it all.
Donald Trump standing behind Hillary like some kind of racist pumpkin squash version of slenderman.
— Elli Daniels (@ellidaniels14) October 10, 2016
BEHIND YOU pic.twitter.com/ZVHNz15AUC
— Molly Redden (@mtredden) October 10, 2016
— Lauren Wolfe (@Wolfe321) October 10, 2016
behind every strong woman is an undeserving neanderthal pic.twitter.com/EjCrfKQM25
— Ziwe (@ziwe) October 10, 2016
[whispers] the call is coming from inside the house pic.twitter.com/RRPfaZlYNv
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 10, 2016
Trump is not a skilled debater and made clear before last night that he wasn’t going to do any mock debates. What this means is that when it came to what to do with his body while Hillary was answering questions, he relied mostly on his instincts, and his instincts told him to get up in her space and lurk behind her like a predator. Trump handles confrontation by trying to intimidate the other person, whether it’s through crass and demeaning words or by using his physical stature to do the talking for him.
He’s a bully in both words and actions. Luckily, we have a woman opposing him who can handle way worse than Trump can dish out on his best day.