Hillary Clinton Reveals What She Wished She'd Said When Donald Trump "Loomed" Behind Her At That Debate

Hillary Clinton Reveals What She Wished She'd Said When Donald Trump "Loomed" Behind Her At That Debate

Hil's new book, What Happened, is out Sept. 12.

By Marianne Garvey
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Oh, we know what happened. It's happening. We'll leave it at that.

As for former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she had a lot of mental unpacking to do following the election, and so she wrote a book in the time since, describing well, what the hell happened that caused her to lose. She's addressing everything, even that infamous debate on Oct. 9. 2016, brilliantly parodied on Saturday Night Live, when Donald Trump stalked her on stage like she was a steak he was about to eat. 

Though she be brave and fierce and mighty in both spirit and brain power, Hillary stands at only 5'4, while Donald invanded her space with his 6'2 "build."

Hillary talks about that night in an excerpt of the audiobook of her new memoir What Happened, revealing that at the time, her internal monologue was very different from her debate rhetoric.

"'This is not okay,' I thought," Hillary says.

"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. He 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.'"

Oh Hillary, we wish you said it too.
"I chose option A. I kept my cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off. 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—biting my tongue, digging my fingernails into a clenched fist, smiling all the while, determined to present a composed face to the world."

What Happened will be available in bookstores and online on September 12. You can pre-order it on Amazon.

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