Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of releasing her new book “What Happened,” and all signs indicate that she plans to blame the same scapegoats she has since last November for her loss. But a new sneak peek at the post-mortem has revealed that Clinton plans to sneak in plenty of vitriol toward the man who trounced her in 2016.
On Wednesday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” obtained an exclusive excerpt from Clinton’s book that detailed her inner monologue during one her October 9, 2016, debate with then-nominee Donald Trump. She recalled a moment when she found Trump standing behind her – which apparently triggered some sort of crisis.
“’This is not okay,’ I thought. It was the second presidential debate, and Donald Trump was looming behind me,” the excerpt reads. “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.”
Is… is Clinton seriously implying that Trump… was going to… in front of millions of viewers… let’s read on.
“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 her 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.’”
Yes. Because Trump moved about the stage during the debate, he was actively oppressing the fragile Clinton. Never mind that she previously served as U.S. secretary of state and a senator from New York – in this instance, she was a deer in headlights.
“I chose option A,” she continues. “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.”