Hillary Clinton has spoken out about the imposing posture she felt Donald Trump took during their second debate, telling Ellen DeGeneres that she felt her opponent was riled up after the leak of the 2005 tape that showed him making lewd comments about women.
“It was clear that my opponent was going to try to dominate the space almost to the exclusion of the people who were sitting there,” she said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, taped Thursday. “And because of the revelation of the video and everything that came out on Access Hollywood, he was really all wrought up and you could just sense how much anger he had. So he was just trying to dominate and literally stalk me around the stage.”
She continued: “I would just feel this presence behind me. And I thought ‘Whoa, this is really weird.’ I was just trying to stay focused, trying to keep my composure … and deal with the string of accusations he was putting forth.”
Despite most polls indicating she now has a more comfortable lead over her embattled opponent, Clinton told DeGeneres that it’s too soon to think this election is over.
“Because it’s been so unpredictable up ’til now, I’m not taking anything for granted,” she said. “We’ve got to work really hard for the next three and a half weeks because who knows? Who knows what can happen? So everybody who’s watching — and everybody who has followed this election — please turn out and vote.”
Clinton, who sat down to tape her first television interview since her second debate with GOP nominee, also took time to praise First Lady Michelle Obama on her emotional speech earlier that day, which called out Trump’s questionable behavior toward women.
“The speech that she gave put into words what so many people are feeling and not just women and girls – men and boys,” Clinton, 68, explained. “In another part of her speech, she said ‘this is not the way the men in my house talk’ and that’s what I’ve been hearing from men for the last several days. Nobody wants to be associated with this kind of violent and hateful language.”
Clinton pointed out it’s not just what the 70-year-old businessman has said about women that Americans should be upset about.
“What he has said about immigrants and African-Americans and Latinos and people with disabilities and POWs and our military and Muslims and everybody,” she explained. “He has been so insulting and derogatory.”
She added, “I celebrate our diversity. I’m proud of so many things about our country, but one is clearly that we lift each other up, we don’t put each other down. We show respect for each other. That’s what I want to try to ask people to do in these closing days of this campaign. Let’s show some kindness and respect toward each other. Let’s really repudiate the meanness, the divisiveness, the bullying that we’ve seen from the other side. If we do, then after this election, let’s try to come together and heal all of the divides that are between us right now.”
On Thursday, Obama, 52, spoke on behalf of Clinton during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. The First Lady addressed recent accusations of sexual assault Trump has received (and which he denies), as well as the lewd comments he made in a leaked 2005 video where he boasted that he can grab women “by the p—-” because of his fame.
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“The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking — so demeaning — that I simply will not repeat anything here today,” the First Lady said. “And last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women.”
“I can’t stop thinking about this,” she continued. “It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. So while I’d love nothing more than to pretend like this isn’t happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.”