| NEW YORK
NEW YORK Oct 10 U.S. Republican presidential
nominee Donald Trump paced, frowned and physically loomed at
times over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during Sunday
night's town-hall debate, prompting bewilderment and mockery
from some on social media.
The online reaction underscored the contentious tone of the
encounter in St. Louis in which Trump and Clinton hurled insults
at each other less than a month before the Nov. 8 U.S.
Twitter users seized on Trump's body language, with some
remarking that he appeared to have "stalked" Clinton around the
stage. The criticism came as the Republican faces a political
storm after being caught on a leaked 2005 videotape making lewd
and demeaning remarks about women.
"#Trump's body language bizarre," wrote Twitter user
Sheena (@texdakota). "Pacing, insulting, standing right behind
"Trump's body language freaked me out," wrote Charlotte
(@charlotteirene8). "I get very uncomfortable when men stand
behind me, especially like that."
A spokeswoman for Trump did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.
Clinton's performance inspired online criticism as well.
"Clinton could have done better," tweeted ryank (@ryantkelly).
"Didn't seem as hungry, as able to get under his skin tonight."
Sentiment on Trump's performance was 66.9 percent negative,
according to an analysis by social intelligence firm Brandwatch
of Twitter posts during the debate, while Clinton's was 57.8
The debate, which featured questions from audience members,
was the most tweeted-about debate ever, with more than 17
million tweets, said Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio.
Trump's statement that he and running mate Mike Pence
differed on their approach to military intervention in Syria was
the most-talked-about moment of the night on the microblogging
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Peter Cooney)