This week, Hillary Clinton released an audio clip of her reading a section from her upcoming memoir in which she revealed what she wanted to say to then-candidate Donald Trump, during a close-quarters debate last October.
During the second presidential debate, Trump infamously paced around Clinton as she spoke. In the excerpt, she opened up about her distaste for her billionaire opponent, and she bluntly expressed that she wishes she’d said, “back up, you creep!”
“My skin crawled,” Clinton said in the audio clip, adding that Trump was “looming” behind her.
“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,” the former Democratic presidential nominee added, according to Fox News. She went on to entertain an alternative past in which she confronted Trump.
“It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?’” Clinton said in the book. “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 said that she instead kept her “cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off. I did, however, grip the microphone extra hard.”
Hopwever, she also said that she now regrets staying calm.
“I wonder, though, whether I should have chosen option B,” Clinton wrote. “It certainly would have been better TV. Maybe I have over-learned 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.”
SHARE this story if you still love Hillary Clinton!