Watch: Hillary Clinton Shimmy at Presidential Debate Goes on a Few Seconds Too Long

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Hillary Clinton sought a humanizing moment at Monday’s presidential debate when she wiggled and giggled at an accusation from her rival Donald Trump — but she may have taken the gesture a little too far.

After Trump cited a video message of Clinton bizarrely shouting at union laborers, moderator Lester Holt asked her to respond. The transcript of this exchange reads:

TRUMP: Wait. The AFL-CIO the other day, behind the blue screen — I don’t know who you were talking to, Secretary Clinton, but you were totally out of control. I said, there’s a person with a temperament that’s got a problem.

HOLT: Secretary Clinton?

CLINTON: Whoo! Okay.

But the delivery is something that needs to be seen. Clinton’s exclamation and wriggle last about five seconds, getting awkward toward the end:

USA Today‘s Josh Hafner writes that he counts Clinton “shaking her shoulders as many as 10 times.” [Did I mention this election has prompted some of the weirdest news coverage in history?]

Clinton’s campaign was proud enough of the maneuver that her social media team shared a gif of it — though they edited it to run much shorter than the actual video.

Predictably, the clickbait world is cheering her.





…And Vox all clearly loved it:


And creative folks on social media are already remixing it:


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