Hillary Clinton didn’t get to be president in real life — so how about for Halloween?

Asked onstage at the Auditorium Theater on Monday night what costume she was planning to wear for Halloween, the vanquished Democratic presidential candidate appeared momentarily flummoxed.

“I have to start thinking about it,” she said. “I think I will maybe come as the president!”

Cue laughter and applause from a downtown Chicago theater packed with nearly 4,000 Clinton fans who paid $90 or more to hear her promote her account of the 2016 election, “What Happened.”

Clinton didn’t elaborate on whether she plans to dress as herself or the actual president, Donald Trump, though the latter seems unlikely.

On a more serious note, Clinton said the U.S. was engaged in “a new kind of cold war” with Russia, accusing Trump of a “shameful” failure to enforce sanctions against Russia. “The Russians are still playing on anything they can to turn Americans against one another,” she said, adding that tech giants including Facebook and Google need to be “part of the solution and not part of the problem” when it comes to preventing foreign interference in U.S. elections.

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Though Clinton promised that the days in which she felt that she had to be “careful in public to keep my guard up” were “over,” most of her comments at the hourlong event followed familiar themes that were red meat to a sympathetic audience that included gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.

She described Trump as “Exhibit A” of the type of misogyny and sexism she said she had faced throughout her career, adding that Trump “admitted to sexual assault” in the infamous Access Hollywood tapes (the White House did not respond Monday night).

Of her election loss, Clinton said, “I’ll admit there were times when I was tempted to just pull the covers over my heads.”

She said she got over the disappointment by reading mystery novels and watching HGTV shows because “those have satisfying ends.”

And she added that she had gott a lot out of learning “alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend.”


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