As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton participated in a town hall-styled debate in St. Louis on Sunday, a man was seen prowling behind her on stage, making menacing faces and at times standing intimidatingly close to her.
St. Louis police say they have looked into the matter and found no evidence a man was stalking Clinton, the first woman to head a major party presidential ticket in the United States. The only person confirmed to be sharing the stage with Clinton that night, they said, was her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.
“We had many reports from people in the audience and also from people calling in while viewing the debate at home that a man was seen prowling around on the stage behind Clinton, but at this time the only man we can say with 100 percent certainty was on the stage that night was Donald Trump.”
According to people in in the audience, the alleged stalker was a white male, about 6 feet tall, with wispy, thinning straw-colored hair combed over the top, possibly to hide a bald spot on the back of his head. The man wore a dark suit with a long red tie and frequently had a menacing look on his face. There was some concern among audience members that he might do harm to Clinton, who is a former First Lady, secretary of state, and senator.
Concerns for Clinton’s safety intensified after the man threatened to put Clinton in jail, allegedly for deleting emails.
“The man was not making complete sense,” said one attendee at the debate. “He kept going on about how he would appoint a special prosecutor after he was elected president and then put Clinton in jail. He also said Clinton owed the country an apology for several misdeeds and said that she had hate in her heart. It was very scary and I blame Ronald Reagan for defunding mental institutions when he was president and putting so many troubled people on the streets.”
Another attendee said she kept looking for security guards or “someone in authority” to remove the man from the stage so Clinton could debate her opponent, but no one took action.
“I just thank god Hillary Clinton is okay,” the attendee said. “I’m not a supporter of hers, but, as a woman, I don’t like seeing her put in that vulnerable position. Even though I don’t agree with all of her solutions, she should have a chance to talk about what she wants to do as president without having this man prowling behind her like he’s going to inflict some kind of violence against her.”
Police have put out a request for anyone who has knowledge of someone impersonating a presidential candidate to contact them immediately.
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