- Thomson Reuters
Republican candidate Donald Trump drew a lot of attention during Sunday night’s presidential debate for his peculiar body language and demeanor.
People on social media ridiculed Trump for a variety of tics while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton spoke, including pacing around the stage, leaning on his chair, and walking up and standing behind Clinton in a manner a number of social media users described as strange and unsettling.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 10, 2016
Trump’s body language was a point of conversation among media observers as well. Some speculated that Trump may have been put off by the town-hall format of the debate, which placed the candidates in a walkable circle surrounded by attendees, as opposed to a traditional stage and podiums.
Brian Stelter, CNN’s senior media correspondent, tweeted a photo of Trump trailing behind Clinton during the town-hall-style debate.
CNN’s Dan Merica noticed Trump’s body language as well and underscored the importance of understanding camera angles during these kinds of debates.
This is why understanding camera angles in a town hall debate matters: pic.twitter.com/KRfzzqpCe7
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) October 10, 2016
The second presidential debate came on the heels of what may have been the most tumultuous week of the Republican nominee’s campaign.
The Washington Post on Friday reported on recently uncovered audio of Trump making lewd comments about women in 2005. Among other things, Trump is heard bragging about being able to kiss and grope women without their consent because “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
When asked about his comments during Sunday’s debate, Trump claimed he had never done the things he was heard bragging about on the tape, referring to his comments as “locker room talk.”