Here’s Why People Are Freaking Out Over Trump’s Debate Body Language
The second presidential debate is ON at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and tension is thick. On the heels of fallout from a recently-released video that shows Donald Trump describing boasts about sexually assaulting women, the two candidates avoided shaking hands at the start of the debate — a rare and telling disposal of a standard ritual of pre-debate decorum. One thing is certain: These two did NOT show up tonight to make friends. Least of which, with each other.
Naturally, people are paying close attention to what’s happening in this debate beyond the respective candidates’ talking points. One thing that’s grabbing a lot of folks’ attention is Donald Trump’s body language. And, to be totally frank, many people on Twitter are creeped the F out by it. These people are observing that Trump’s posture appears incredibly threatening — and a clear indication of the Republican nominee’s real attitudes towards women.
Read on to see some of the discussion currently going down:
for someone trying not to look creepy towards woman, maybe not a number one stance pic.twitter.com/meSkFarGEL
— Jade Blair (@jadejader) October 10, 2016
trump hovering while hillary speaks is predatory, assertion of power, intimidation. she sits during his turn & doesn't interrupt. #debate
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) October 10, 2016
I am worried for Hillary Clinton. Why is TRUMP hovering over her like he wants to physically attack her. #debate
— Andy Waqudu (@waqudu) October 10, 2016
Trump hovering over her now. I’d advise her to stay out of grabbing distance. #debate
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 10, 2016
Trump's presenting himself as someone who couldn't ever assault women by physically hovering over her as she tries to speak
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 10, 2016
trump pacing around is making me really concerned & i imagine every woman who has had their back turned to a threatening man feels the same
— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) October 10, 2016
The body language of Trump staying standing & constantly lurking right behind Clinton is just a little too revealing.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) October 10, 2016
And, maybe the kicker:
TRUMP: "I'm a gentleman."
TRUMP'S BODY LANGUAGE: pic.twitter.com/QOcOjQcs6B
— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) October 10, 2016
What’s your #debate take? Spill @BritandCo!
(Photo via Scott Olson/ Getty)