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Clinton: ‘My skin crawled’ during debate with Trump

Hillary Clinton says Trump’s demeanour during October 2016 presidential debate made her uneasy


 
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Clinton says Trump’s actions made her uneasy during a debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9, 2016. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump’s pacing, hovering demeanour onstage during an October 2016 presidential debate made her so uncomfortable “my skin crawled.” She says in her upcoming book that Trump shadowed her so closely she had to resist shouting out, “Back up you creep, get away from me.”

The Democratic presidential nominee recounts her struggle to keep composed during that pivotal Oct. 9 faceoff in St. Louis less than a month before the election. Two days earlier, their bitter campaign was rocked by the release of footage in which Trump bragged aggressively about groping women.

During the town-hall style debate, the 6-foot-3 Trump repeatedly hovered over Clinton, who’s closer to 5-foot-5, as she responded to questions.

“This is not OK, I thought,” Clinton says in her audio narration of “What Happened,” set for release Sept. 12. “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.”

Clinton says, “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.”’

Clinton says she “kept my cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off.”

“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,” Clinton says.

Excerpts of Clinton reading from the book aired Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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Clinton: ‘My skin crawled’ during debate with Trump

  1. I bet Bill Clinton feels the same about her unemployed ass.

    • She’s not unemployed and probably makes more money than her unemployed husband.

      • I have no doubt she makes money. Graft and death will always pay.
        Can’t imagine why she lost…

        • What does a book and her wealth have to do with her uneasiness with a groper standing behind her, not just an alleged groper, but a full fledged two hands at a time groper, who still gets to live and brag about it another day. You should be defending women and their great achievements in life, with still many obstacles they have to face, like this gorilla, Trump , and not making it sound like Mr. Trump is the victim of this circumstance. If Trump didn’t stalk her on the stage, he should at the very least, be called out as a voyeuristic pervert, because if looks could kill that night, Ms. Clinton was dead meat.

          • Exactly. Poor women and rich women alike get stalked and victimized.

          • I don’t think old Hillary has to be worried about ANYONE groping her.
            All she had to do for relief during those debates was to think about where Willy moistened his cigars and she’d have realized Trump was a relative piker.

          • He was not berated for groping, so much as for speaking the truth: If you are rich & powerful, you can do as you wish.

  2. I think, had she stopped the debate and told him to back off and give her space, she would have won a few more votes. Those of us who have been threatened all our lives by intimidating men, recognized what she was going through. The majority of people who have never felt frightened or skeeved out by slimy men, didn’t have a clue. If she had turned to him and told him he was too close to her and to back off, had called him on his horrible tactic, had acknowledged his horrible behaviour, perhaps it would have started MORE people, including the media, to call him out throughout the campaign and maybe, just maybe, we wouldn’t be in this end-of-the-world scenario we’re in now.

    • Its not really an end of the world scenario we are in so much as a period grossly incompetent leadership which may, but most likely wont, result in significant loss of life and economic calamity.

      • No that period ended when Obama left The White House

  3. He was deliberately stalking her, and should have been told to sit down.

    Americans knew from the beginning he wasn’t civilized.

    • You’re exactly right. He should have been called out on his b.s. and no one had the courage to tell him to back off.

  4. Yet, Bill Clinton allegedly assaulting white trash, not a problem. (Her response then, attack the women, not believe the women).

    Yet, Bill Clinton actually assaulting interns in the Oval Office (no consent is possible when a power imbalance exists, Feminism 101), not a problem.

    • Back when Clinton was being a douche, society was different. This is 30 years down the road and now we know better, so we do better (TM Maya Angelou).

      But this isn’t about Bill and his douchebaggery. It’s about 45 and HIS douchebaggery, where he literally stalked a woman on stage in front of millions of people, trying to intimidate her. He was in every.single.shot the camera took. On purpose. In order to intimidate his competition.

      If you (the general you) can’t accept that that was wrong, and you continue to state, “but THIS guy did THIS” and “But, but, but”, then you’re part of the problem too and you need to check yourself.

      • Sorry, Mary, but you are dead wrong on this one. First of all, it’s a bit of a stretch for anyone as morally, ethically, and intellectually bankrupt as Hillary Clinton to claim that Trump creeped her out. But, when you add in her record of making deeply personal attacks on the women who have made very credible claims of actual sexual assault against Slick Willy, then she has no credibility whatsoever.
        All Hillary is trying to do is add another layer of deflection to the serious problems she’s facing. There are still a number of ongoing investigations into the activities of Clinton as SoS, and as the co-head of the Clinton Foundation. The FBI, the IRS, and Congress are still conducting investigations.

        • Your argument applies to Trump’s treatment of Hiliary. What about Trump’s treatment of Ted Cruz? Didn’t Trump claim that Ted Cruz’s father was in collusion with Lee Harvey Oswald? How about Trump’s propensity to intimidate business leaders and even his GOP brothers on Twitter? Do you condone his intimidation of Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell, John McCain? Do you condone him using his position as POTUS to call out Nordstroms on their decision not to carry his daughter’s clothing line?

          • Well, what’s worse, the Trump brand of intimidation, or the Obama brand? You know, the one where being on the wrong side of the president means being in the crosshairs of the IRS and the EPA? I’ll take Trump’s brand any day.

          • I am sorry you turned this into a comparison of who was worse with a Democrat as your alternative. As a conservative, I was hoping you might suggest a person in the GOP whose behavior would reflect well on the conservative ideals Trump pretends to extol but doesn’t. He is an isolationist, not a fan of the free market. In that, he has much more in common with socialists than he does conservatives. His behavior is actually hurting the cause of conservatism globally.

      • You are hilarious.
        “You better check your white male privilege.”
        “There is absolutely no such thing as female privilege.”

        She lost because the people (and the corporations) saw she was a worse choice. Get used to it.

    • Why do all interactions between people of apparently opposing political views come down to “who is the bigger scumbag…our leader or yours?” If we are arguing about who was more of a sexual predator between Clinton and Trump, then we have set the bar so low that the conversation is irrelevant. Take a look around you in the world….the PC party of Canada created NAFTA. Conservatives believe in trade and business. Conservatives do not tout isolationism. They should not stand for intimidation that extends to those in their own political party. Parties that want to succeed have to stay in power to succeed. If we are going to hold up Donald Trump as a representative to emulate, we conservatives are sunk.

      • I think in this case it should focus on who is the bigger scum bag between Trump and Hillary. Hillary wins that one by a mile.
        Re Willy and The Donald, all you know about Trump’s sexual proclivities is that he bragged to a young stud in a bus. For Clinton, he was CAUGHT red handed and then perjured himself.
        Every time you mention Trump you rant about your perception of his lack of interest in trade. That’s absolute B.S. He has two beliefs on trade that are quite valid. 1) You can develop better deal for two parties negotiating a reciprocal trade arrangement than you can when there’s a herd involved. (that’s why he got out of the European deal). 2) He wants them to be fair so that each country benefits equally. That’s not the case with NAFTA, the U.S. got screwed on that one particularly relative to Mexico.

  5. The public said the same thing to themselves on election day