In memoir, Clinton recalls Trump's behavior at debate: 'My skin crawled'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary Clinton appears to express some regret for not calling Donald Trump a “creep” during their second presidential debate last year in her upcoming memoir.

On “Morning Joe” Tuesday, MSNBC revealed two sections from Clinton’s “What Happened,” scheduled for release next month, including her recollection of the October 9, 2016 debate at Washington University in St. Louis.

“This is not okay, I thought,” Clinton wrote. “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 closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable.”

Trump was criticized by some for frequently hovering over Clinton while she answered questions during the town hall-style debate. The moment was also mocked on “Saturday Night Live.”

Clinton described uncertainty about how to respond to his behavior at the time.

“My skin crawled…Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space?” she wrote. “Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, back up you creep, get away from me?”

She chose to stay calm and not acknowledge it, a decision she now seems unsure was correct.

“Maybe I have overlearned the lesson of staying calm, smiling all the while, determined to present a composed face to the world,” she wrote, noting that, if nothing else, confronting him about it live on the debate stage would have made much better television.

Earlier in the book, Clinton explained that her intent in writing it was not to offer a comprehensive account of the 2016 campaign, but to reflect on her decisions, her experience, and ultimately her failure.

“Writing this wasn’t easy,” she said. “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.”

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