A new book on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president details how the candidate seemed to blame everyone but herself for her stunning loss to President Donald Trump.
Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes wrote in “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” that Clinton’s campaign lacked vision and was filled with infighting staffers who were more concerned about their own careers than they were about helping the candidate win. The book is the second collaboration for Allen and Parnes, who in 2014 authored HRC, a detailed account of Clinton’s tenure at the helm of the state department, in anticipation of her second presidential run. Allen and Parnes wrote that while Clinton “should have been angry with herself” for her decision to use a private server while working for the government, she instead “turned her fury on her consultants and campaign aides, blaming them for a failure to focus the media on her platform.”
As the first polls closed on 8 November, Hillary Clinton was preparing for the moment she would at long last take the stage as the first female president of the United States. She instead found herself apologizing to Barack Obama hours later in a harrowing phone call, moments after conceding the presidential election to Donald Trump.
“Mr President, I’m sorry,” Clinton told Obama, who had contacted her to extend his condolences for her loss.
“You need to concede,” Obama told Clinton after his political director had failed to persuade Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, on the point.
It took one more phone call from the president – to Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta – before she asked her close aide Huma Abedin for the phone and uttered the words she never thought she would say: “Congratulations, Donald.
“I’ll be supportive of the country’s success, and that means your success as president,” Clinton said.
It was after her brief conversation with Trump that Clinton apologized to Obama.
The dire scene in the Peninsula unearths a bit of history that was mostly left unreported in the madness that followed that night, as the country and the world focused almost entirely on the emerging reality of Trump’s victory. Thanks to Allen and Parnes, we now know how Clinton reacted, at the moment she was supposed to become the first female president.