Clinton accuses Trump of stalking her on presidential debate stage

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience during their second presidential debate on Oct 9, 2016.
Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience during their second presidential debate on Oct 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Democratic presidential nominee Mrs Hillary Clinton has accused her Republican rival Mr Donald Trump of "stalking" her during their televised debate on Sunday (Oct 9).

Mr Trump often stood closely behind the Democratic nominee, glowering as she answered questions from the audience during the town hall-style event in St. Louis.

Speaking during an interview on NBC's The Ellen DeGeneres Show set to air on Friday (Oct 14), Mrs Clinton said his movements made her feel "really weird" on stage.

"Because of the revelation of the public video, and everything that came out on Access Hollywood, you know, he was really all wrought up, and you could just sense how much anger he had," Mrs Clinton said, referring to a video leaked last week showing Mr Trump making lewd comments about women.

"And so he was really trying to dominate and then literally stalk me around the stage and I would just feel this presence behind me."

Mr Trump rejected criticism about his debate performance at a rally on Monday (Oct 10).

"So I'm standing at my podium by my chair. She walks across the room. She's standing in front of me, right next to me," he said.

"And the next day... what did the papers say? They said, 'he invaded her space.'"

"Believe me," he added, "The last space that I want to invade is her space."

 

Last week's video showed Mr Trump boasting in 2005 of groping women with impunity because he was famous, sending the White House race into unprecedented levels of vulgarity.

Since then, at least six women have accused him of making unwanted physical advances, most of them after Mr Trump asserted in Sunday's debate that he had never sexually assaulted a woman.

During her interview, Mrs Clinton praised First Lady Michelle Obama for blasting the Republican nominee in a powerful tirade on Thursday (Oct 13).

"The speech that she gave, I think, put into words what so many people are feeling," Mrs Clinton said. "And not just women and girls. Men and boys."

She also said she didn't notice making a much-commented shimmy motion during Sunday's debate when Mr Trump accused her of not having the "right temperament" to be president.

"Now people are always saying, 'Do the shimmy, do the shimmy.'"