Hillary Clinton has spent the last 10 months trying to figure out why she isn’t the president of the United States.
Clinton, who is releasing a new memoir Tuesday titled “What Happened” that points fingers and accepts responsibility for her defeat. The interview to promote her memoir What Happened made it clear Clinton is still not over her shocking electoral defeat in November. “I am good,” Clinton said. “But that doesn’t mean I am complacent or resolved about what happened. It still is very painful. It hurts a lot.”
She was so confident of victory last year that she bought a second house next to her residence in Chappaqua, New York, to accommodate White House staff during presidential retreats there.
“I thought I was going to win,” she said.
The New York Post reported last year on the Clintons paying $1.16 million for the three-bedroom, ranch-style home next to their house in Chappaqua. The newspaper’s source said at the time it was thought to be a weekend retreat for their daughter Chelsea’s family. In an interview from her home on the CBS program “Sunday Morning” , Clinton was asked about the property. Host Jane Pauley noted Clinton had been “so sure” she would be the one giving the inaugural address in January.
“You specifically bought this house for a reason,” Pauley said as they walked outside.
“I did,” Clinton said.
“And this was to be?” Pauley asked.
“Well, I know a lot about what it takes to move a president, and I thought I was going to win,” Clinton said.
“The Clintons had acquired the house next door to accommodate White House staff and security during a second Clinton administration,” Pauley narrated.
Pauley asked Clinton if that decision haunted her.
“No, I’m very happy we did it,” Clinton said.
She also called Donald Trump’s inaugural speech as president “a cry from the white nationalist gut”.
“I’m a former first lady, and former presidents and first ladies show up,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government. And so there I was, on the platform, you know, feeling like an out-of-body experience. And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut…”
Clinton continued: “What an opportunity Trump had to say, ‘OK, I’m proud of my supporters, but I’m the president of all Americans.’ That’s not what we heard at all.”
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made it clear she is not going to run for public office again, although she vowed to continue trying to make a difference on the issues she cares about. “As an active politician it’s over. I am done with being a candidate,” Clinton said in an interview with CBS that was broadcast on Sunday morning.
Clinton, who is releasing a new memoir Tuesday titled “What Happened” that points fingers and accepts responsibility for her defeat, also told CBS News’ host Jane Pauley that she won’t ever run for office again.
“I am done with being a candidate, but I’m not done with politics because I believe that our country’s future is at stake,” Clinton said during the interview at her home in Chappaqua, New York.