Hillary Clinton was “discombobulated” by Donald Trump standing behind her at the second presidential debate in October, the former Democratic candidate acknowledged in an interview to promote her new book.
In her forthcoming narrative of the election, “What Happened,” Clinton reviews how she lost to Trump. In Sunday’s interview, she pointed to that moment, one that attracted significant social media attention at the time, as a possible instance in which she may have missed an opportunity. The former secretary of state has been criticized for shunting blame for her lost to other people and outside circumstances.
While she described Trump as a “creep” for stalking behind her onstage at the St. Louis debate while she tried to answer an audience question, Clinton acknowledged that she wasn’t sure how to respond.
Ultimately, she opted to ignore Trump rather than confront him, a split-second decision she now questions.