Hillary Clinton Regrets Not Confronting Trump More Forcefully During 2016 Presidential Campaign
Former Democratic nominee for U.S. President Hillary Rodham Clinton says she regrets not confronting Donald Trump more forcefully throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and particularly during the presidential debates.
In her upcoming book, What Happened, due for release September 12, Clinton writes that she particularly regrets not telling Donald Trump to back off during the second debate when he loomed behind her. She said that incident made her “skin crawl.”
“It was incredibly uncomfortable,” said Clinton, reading an excerpt from her upcoming book on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. “He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled,” the former Secretary of State said.
Clinton was the U.S. Secretary of State during the Obama administration.
During that debate Trump approached Clinton from behind and stood uncomfortably close to her. It happened a few days after the infamous audio where Trump was heard making his “grab them by the pussy” remarks surfaced.
“It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?’” Clinton read from the excerpt.
“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.’”
“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down,” Hillary said about her upcoming book.
The book is expected to let us in on her complete thought about the presidential elections, what she believes led to her loss and the lesson she learned from that experience.
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