Donald Trump’s major task for the second presidential debate—likely an insurmountable one—was to reassure women that he’s not a sexual predator. When asked a question early on about the instantly infamous tape from 2005 in which he bragged about groping women, Trump replied, “This was locker-room talk. I am not proud of it. I apologized to my family and the American people. I am not proud of it.” When moderator Anderson Cooper pushed him—“For the record, are you saying that what you said on the bus 11 years ago, that you did not kiss women without consent or grope women, you said you never did that?”—Trump insisted, “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”
That respect doesn’t extend to Hillary Clinton, whom Trump repeatedly photobombed during the debate. During Clinton’s time, Trump wandered around the stage like a bored child at a wedding. He paced back and forth like a patriarch impatiently allowing a woman to speak but thinking better of it. He hovered a few feet behind her like a psycho killer about to burst through a glass window in a horror movie. This move did not go over so well on social media.
Trump's main strategy seems to be pacing & lurking— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) October 10, 2016
Hilary's composure & ability to speak coherently with a psychopath lurking behind her is demonstration of her ability to lead. #debate2016— Robin Beth Schaer (@robinschaer) 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
I'm a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri. #debate— Moustafa Bayoumi (@BayoumiMoustafa) October 10, 2016
This lurking behind Hillary makes Rick Lazio look restrained— Irin Carmon (@irin) October 10, 2016
Trump is literally just lurking behind a small woman counting the seconds while she speaks to then complain about how long she is speaking.— Erin Fogg (@EnFogg) October 10, 2016
Donald Trump is an irl egg account lurking in Hillary's mentions pic.twitter.com/JRGLfEsTLZ— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) October 10, 2016
For a man who seems to completely lose focus within half an hour of the start of any televised debate, Trump really ought to conserve his energy. Next time, Donald, sit down.