Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump’s pacing, hovering demeanour onstage during an October 2016 presidential debate made her so uncomfortable her “skin crawled”.
In her upcoming book, Clinton writes Trump shadowed her so closely she had to resist shouting out, “back up you creep, get away from me”.
The Democratic presidential nominee recounts her struggle to keep composed during the pivotal face-off less than a month before the election.
Two days earlier, their bitter campaign was rocked by the release of footage in which Trump bragged aggressively about groping women.
During the town-hall style debate, the 6ft 3 (185cm) Trump repeatedly hovered over Clinton, who’s closer to 5ft 5 (165cm), as she responded to questions.
“This is not OK, I thought,” Clinton said in her audio narration of What Happened, set for release on September 12.
“It was the second presidential debate, and Donald Trump was looming behind me,” she describes.
“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.”