Hillary Clinton Has An Empowering Response To A Viral Debate Moment Involving Donald Trump

"You can't intimidate me."

In her upcoming book What Happened, Hillary Clinton is getting honest about her experience in last year's presidential election against Donald Trump. While the title doesn't officially hit shelves until September 12, audio of Clinton reading from the book was shared on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday.


In the clip, Clinton reflects on a moment from the second presidential debate in October, during which Trump frequently loomed behind her as she spoke, "breathing down my neck." The moment made headlines and went viral on social media. Her response captures the discomfort many Americans — especially women — felt about the behavior, which occurred just days after an infamous Access Hollywood tape was released in which Trump bragged about groping women.

"This is not okay, I thought," Clinton reads from the book, according to the Washington Post. "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."

Clinton went on to say the experience made her "incredibly uncomfortable" and that her "skin crawled." She then shared what she was thinking at the time, and the empowering words she considered sharing with Trump about his treatment of women.

"It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, 'Well, what would you do?'" she continues. "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.'"

It's not the first time Clinton has opened up about the moment. She spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about it shortly after the debate. "I could just feel this presence behind me. And I thought, 'Whoa, this is really weird,'" she said, adding, "I was just trying to stay focused, trying to keep my composure, trying to interact with the moderators, but more for me, with the people there."

While Clinton may not have directly confronted Trump about his discomforting presence, she did take a harsh stance against his Access Hollywood comments during the debate itself, referring to Trump's previous treatment of women and saying the tape "represents exactly who he is."

(H/T: Mashable)


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