Hillary Clinton Calls Donald Trump a 'Creep' in Her New Book

On Wednesday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” had an exclusive first look at Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, What Happened, detailing her experiences in the 2016 election. In the audio excerpts, read by Clinton herselfthe former secretary of state and presidential candidate addressed the infamous town hall debate where now-President Donald Trump stood right behind her and followed her around the tiny stage as she spoke.

The rocky second presidential debate took place at Washington University in St. Louis last October, just two days after Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” tape was released. 

“It was incredibly uncomfortable,” Clinton said in the excerpt. “My skin crawled.”

Clinton reflected on the moment, parodied by Saturday Night Live as a scene out of the movie of Jaws.

“It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, 'Well, what would you do?'" Clinton asked. "Do you stay calm? Or do you turn 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.'”

While she chose the first option back in October, Clinton said she “wonders if she would have chosen option B.” 

Despite the mixed feelings about her experience and decisions, Clinton didn't let the campaign make her bitter. As she tweeted the day after the election:

Throughout her memoir, , Clinton described moments in the campaign she wished she could do over — and the ones she will never forget.

"This is my story,” she said. “I want to pull back the curtain on an experience that was exhilarating, joyful, humbling, infuriating, and just plain baffling."

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Rachna Shah is a first year student at Dartmouth College, where she is interested in health economics and healthcare reform. As part of the Board at Bridge the Divide, she uses her words as a platform for change and responsibility, encouraging and enabling youth to stay informed and active in the political arena. Rachna is also a writer and editor for several literary and political magazines, including Young Minds, The Weekly Buzz, and Her Campus. When she is not writing, she can be found munching on almonds and listening to the news in French.