Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released an excerpt from her upcoming book, "What Happened," in which she reveals she wanted to tell President Donald Trump, "Back up you creep."
The excerpt, which comes from the audio version of the book read by Clinton herself, was aired on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Aug. 23.
In it, Clinton describes how she felt as Trump shadowed her around the stage during their second debate in St. Louis, Missouri.
"This is not OK, I thought," she says. "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. 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?'" she continued. "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.'"
Two days before the debate, as Clinton says, an audio tape was leaked from Access Hollywood in which Trump admitted to groping women's genitals.
"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful women -- I just start kissing them, it's like a magnet," he says on the tape, according to NBC News. "Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pu**y."
Amid a storm of criticism and outrage, Trump said he was sorry.
"This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago," he said at the time. "Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course -- not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."
In another short excerpt from her book, Clinton reflects on her decision to write a book about the campaign.
"I don't have all the answers, and this isn't a comprehensive account of the 2016 race," she says. "That's not for me to write. I have too little distance and too great a stake in it. Instead, this is my story. I want to pull back the curtain on an experience that was exhilarating, joyful, humbling, infuriating and just plain baffling."
"Writing this wasn't easy," she adds. "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."
Sources: MSNBC, NBC News / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Krassotkin/Wikimedia Commons, Ralph Alswang, Office of the President via Wikimedia Commons