Excerpts from Hillary Clinton's 2016 election memoir are here, and the most attention-grabbing one, regarding the pussy-grabber, is that she contemplated calling him a creep and asking him to back off during one of their debates.
But that's not the quote that made me tear up.
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Via U.S. News & World Report: Two days after that infamous tape surfaced of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women with impunity, he stalked Hillary onstage at one of their debates, hovering over her.
In What Happened, Clinton writes:
“This is not OK,” I thought. It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. 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.
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.”
If only she had done that — if only she had worked more from her gut than from the desire to poll the room. I always said I thought she'd have jumped in the polls if she'd have shaken her head during a debate and said, “You know what? Fuck you.” But calling him a creep would've been great as well.
This excerpt kills me, and makes me hate the people who unfairly maligned (as opposed to reasonbly criticized) her all the more:
Every day that I was a candidate for president, I knew that millions of people were counting on me. And I couldn't bear the idea of letting them down. But I did. I couldn't get the job done. And I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately, we all will have to live with her failure to seal the deal. Though there is plenty of blame to go around, and though she is taking her share, the real people to blame are the voters — the ones who hated her for no good reason; the ones who believed the B.S. about her and decided they were #NeverHillary even when that meant #HereComes Trump; and also the ones who viewed Hillary (and maybe even Trump, who certainly didn't get some huge swell of votes) as such a ho-hum part of the system and such a pre-decided winner that they didn't vote.
Book's out September 12: