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Hillary's New Book: Should I Have Told Trump at Debate, 'Back Up You Creep?'


By    |   Wednesday, 23 August 2017 07:48 AM

Hillary Clinton, in a new book examining her loss of the presidency to Donald Trump, at one point describes the president as a "creep" and that her "skin crawled" while he hovered behind her during a debate last October in St. Louis.

The excerpt, narrated by Clinton in advance of her new book "What Happened," was played in an exclusive on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, and the former secretary of state and first lady outlined the doubts she still feels concerning her reaction to Trump during the debate.

"'It is not okay,' I thought," Clinton read from her book in a recorded narration played on the show. "It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable."

Trump, Clinton continued, "was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, 'back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can't intimidate me so back up.'"

Instead, she said she "chose Option A."

"I kept my cool, aided by a lifetime dealing with men trying to throw me off," Clinton said. "I did, however, grip the microphone extra hard. I wonder, though, whether I should have chosen option B. It certainly would have been better TV. Maybe I have overlearned the lesson of staying calm, smiling all the while, determined to present a composed face to the world."

"Think about the context," NBC's Andrea Mitchell commented. "That was the town hall debate where Bannon and others from the Trump campaign had done a Facebook Live event with Paula Jones and the other women who had been accusers of Bill Clinton and then they were seated in the front of the bleachers there."

Mitchell said that when she has spoken to people close to Clinton, "she revisits the debate and her reaction often."

"This is a moment every woman has had an experience with a man that is kind of threatening moment, where you suck it up and clench your fists and dig your nails into your palms, and try to sort of carry on."

In another excerpt from the book, which will be released on Sept. 12, Clinton admitted she does not have all the answers about why she lost the presidency, and that she was not looking to present a comprehensive account of the 2016 race.

"That's not for me to write. I have too little distance and too great a stake in it," she narrated. "Instead, this is my story. I want to pull back the curtain on an experience that was exhilarating, joyful, humbling, infuriating and just plain baffling. Writing this wasn't easy."

Clinton said that every day she was a candidate, she knew that "millions of people were counting on me, and I couldn't bear the idea of letting them down, but I did. I couldn't get the job done and I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life."

She further read that in her book, she wrote about moments, such as the October debate, that she wishes she could do over.

"In this book, I write about moments from the campaign that I wish I could go back and do over. If the Russians could hack my subconscious, they'd find a long list," Clinton says in her book. "I also capture some moments I want to remember forever, like when my tiny granddaughter raced into the room while I was practicing my convention speech and what it was like hours later to step on stage to deliver that speech as the first woman ever nominated by a major political party for president of the United States."

The book shows a "good bit of self-reflection," show host Joe Scarborough said after hearing the excerpts, noting that if Clinton had confronted Trump during the October debate "it probably would have made a very big difference, just like when George W. Bush stared at Al Gore when he was trying to invade his space."

In the introduction for the book, which is being marketed on Amazon as "her most personal memoir yet," Clinton said she has often felt she had to be careful in public, "like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down.”

In addition to her personal views, Clinton also discusses in the book how the 2016 election was affected by Russian interference, and "shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future," the Amazon description says.

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