Clinton: ‘A Lifetime of Dealing With Difficult Men’ Aided Me in Debate Encounter With Trump


Hillary Clinton said she was "aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men" while recounting a debate encounter with Donald Trump in her 2016 election memoir What Happened.

Clinton said she was bothered by Trump following her around stage during their second, town hall-style debate on Oct. 9, saying it made her "incredibly uncomfortable."

"He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled," she wrote.

Clinton said she had a choice between staying calm or whirling around and calling him a "creep," but she ultimately went with the former.

"I chose option A. I kept my cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off," she wrote. "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 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."

It is unclear if Clinton was making a veiled reference to her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Her book will be released Sept. 12.

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