Ready the presidential fainting couch because Hillary Clinton is going to need it a lot if she makes it to the White House.
The second presidential debate was done townhall-style, meaning the candidates had a chair but were free to walk around the small stage with an audience seated around them. I watched the debate online, which used a static camera, but for those who watched on a network, multiple cameras were used.
Clinton walked around the stage more, so due to the angle of the camera, depending on where she was standing, one could see her opponent Donald Trump behind her. Trump was just standing near his chair as Clinton walked around, but the angle made it appear as though he was looming over her.
This allowed news outlets that wanted to attack Trump to write articles like this one from CNN, titled "Trump looms behind Clinton at the debate."
If you look at the video that accompanies the article, you can see at times it looks like Trump is practically breathing down Clinton's neck as she speaks. But this is just a perception and camera angle trick. When shown from the side, one can see Trump is several feet from Clinton — he's close to her, but he's clearly just standing at his chair but also facing the audience member who asked the question.
Trump is taller than Clinton, and he has a sour resting facial expression, so it's always going to look like he's looming. It just wasn't the case, but people who hate Trump wanted to create an issue out of nothing.
But now Clinton herself is making this an issue. In an interview with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that will air Friday, Clinton said Trump was "all wrought up" and "stalk[ed]" her around the stage.
"It was clear that my opponent, Donald Trump, was going to try to dominate the space almost to the exclusion of the people who were sitting there," Clinton said.
"And because of the revelation of the public video, and everything that came out on Access Hollywood he was really all wrought up, and you could just sense how much anger he had," Clinton added.
This experience had an effect on Clinton, apparently, who made it seem like she was almost fearful.
"He was really trying to dominate, and then literally stalk me around the stage," Clinton told DeGeneres. "I would just feel this presence behind me, and I thought, 'whoa, this is really weird.'"
Oh, and it was so weird and upsetting for her that she was "trying to keep my composure, trying to interact with the moderators, but really for me, more with the people there."
Seriously? If an opponent standing a few feet away — because she walked over to his debate area — makes her this uncomfortable, how is she going to handle being leader of the free world? Will she only be able to communicate with Vladimir Putin or Bashar Assad if they're sitting down and across the room from her?
Are we potentially going to get a president who makes herself fearful of non-threatening things and then complains about how uncomfortable was?
For comparison, I looked back at the 2012 presidential debate that was set up similarly to the one Sunday night. I Googled photos of Mitt Romney standing behind President Obama, but didn't find any. Instead, I found photos of Obama "looming" behind Romney due to the same camera angles.
Just look at this lurker.
I feel unsafe just looking at this one.
Easy there, cowboy.
Look out, Mitt!
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.