Earlier today it was revealed that in her upcoming book What Happened, Hillary Clinton says that she considered called Trump a creep during the debate in which he kept lurking behind her.
“What would you do? 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,’” Clinton muses.
Now, Republican strategist and well-documented anti-Trump commentator Ana Navarro has thrown her support behind Clinton’s remarks. Navarro tweeted:
@HillaryClinton, Girrrrl, "Back up, you creep!",would have worked wonders with a lot of us.
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) August 24, 2017
The tweet is funny, certainly, but also points to the widespread disgust many women feel towards our sexual predator president. Clinton – perhaps more than anyone – understands how difficult it is to rise to a position of power within a society with such deeply misogynistic undercurrents as ours.
Had she snapped at Trump in the manner she describes there’s a chance it would have gone over well, but there is also a (maybe greater) chance that she would have been tagged as “emotional” or “shrill” the way powerful women so unfairly are. The sad fact is that women are forced to hold themselves to a higher standard than men simply to be treated equally.
Trump can behave as an ignorant, stupid, crude, boor, but since he’s a man there is a group of the population that responds well to it. Hillary Clinton has no such luxury. It’s understandable that even though Clinton wanted to label Donald as the creep he is, she ultimately decided it unwise, and chose instead the high road.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.