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Clinton says debate made her worry ‘what the next month is going to be like’

Greg Nash

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says what debate viewers saw in President Trump in his faceoff against Joe Biden this week was “a mean bully who knows he’s losing and is going to take everybody down with him if we let him.”

The former Democratic presidential nominee — who thrice debated Trump during the 2016 race — gave her take on Tuesday’s first 2020 presidential debate during a Wednesday appearance on CBS’s “The Late Late Show.”

“It was maddening and sad at the same time,” Clinton said, saying she had to walk away from her TV screen more than once after “cringing” at what was unfolding on the debate stage in Cleveland.

Trump repeatedly sought to interrupt the former vice president — a move Biden occasionally reciprocated — during the combative debate.

“I know he will do or say anything,” Clinton said of Trump to host James Corden. 

“It’s very sad to think that we’re having maybe the most important election in our history coming up, and the president, one of the two candidates, can’t be bothered to answer the questions or put forth any kind of agenda for the future,” Clinton, who was promoting her new podcast, “You and Me Both,” told Corden. “It’s all insult, and attack, and braggadocio.”

The former secretary of State said she thought Biden “kept his cool — which is hard.”

“I thought on balance Joe did fine and Trump demonstrated how out of control he is, and I just worry about what the next month is going to be like,” Clinton, 72, added.

Biden at one point during the debate told Trump, “Will you shut up, man,” a sentiment Clinton says might not have worked for her in 2016.

“It would be much harder for a woman to get away with that,” she said.

“I think it is much more difficult at least at this point in our political history to say some of the things that I certainly thought,” she added.

Former President Bill Clinton also made an appearance during a lighthearted “show and tell” segment of the late-night show to display the bounty from the couple’s garden.

Asked his impression from the debate, Clinton said, “If you watched it and listened, you got a pretty clear impression of who the candidates really are and what they really care about.”

“I didn’t like all the interruptions and the absence of, for most of the debate, serious discussions about things that affect the American people,” the 42nd president said. “But we at least got a feel for what the candidates are all about and what they really care about.”

Tags 2016 2016 debates 2020 2020 Debates Bill Clinton Donald Trump Hillary Clinton James Corden Joe Biden Presidential Debate The Late Late Show

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