Some observers on social media on Sunday said that Donald Trump used occasionally strange pacing during the second presidential debate in St. Louis.
During the debate, several Twitter users and Trump-critics said they observed that while Trump wasn’t speaking he often wandered around the stage, standing behind his chair and leaning on the back of it.
— Daniella Díaz (@DaniellaMicaela) October 10, 2016
Live shot of Donald Trump seeming very interested in what Hillary Clinton is saying during the debate pic.twitter.com/n4beVecYGo
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) October 10, 2016
Trump is just walking around his chair and farting in a circle. #debate
— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) October 10, 2016
— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) October 10, 2016
That chair is about to file a restraining order against Trump. #debate
— Maggie Serota ???? (@maggieserota) October 10, 2016
Trump doing push ups on back of his chair? This is just odd. #Debates2016
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) October 10, 2016
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh did anyone else see Trump dry humping his chair? #debates
— Grace Helbig (@gracehelbig) October 10, 2016
Trump seems to be gripping the back of the chair as a way to control himself.#Optics
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 10, 2016
— DNC Press (@dncpress) October 10, 2016
Earlier in the debate, many observers also criticized and joked about the Republican presidential nominee after he paced behind Clinton during her answers.
what a normal not creepy way to stand pic.twitter.com/X2id19SqcR
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) October 10, 2016
[whispers] the call is coming from inside the house pic.twitter.com/RRPfaZlYNv
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 10, 2016
Even when candidates are not speaking during presidential debates, body language and stage presence are often heavily scrutinized.
During a presidential debate in 1992, President George H.W. Bush was criticized for checking his watch repeatedly, giving the appearance of impatience to many viewers.