Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Hillary Clinton on 2016 loss

Hillary Clinton on 2016 loss

During an interview with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning, she said she was "done with being a candidate". "It was a ideal storm".

Asked about her "basket of deplorables" comment during the campaign, in which she said half of Mr Trump's supporters were "irredeemable", Ms Clinton sought to repeat the view.

"It just stopped my momentum", Clinton said. The full Clinton interview is set to air this Sunday on CBS Sunday Morning. "I just have to wait this out.' But then, midnight, I decided, 'Well- you know, looks like it's not gonna work.'" She added that she felt she "let everyone down" and hadn't prepared a concession speech for that evening. "I believe [only offering answers] was a mistake because a lot of people didn't want to hear my plans - they wanted me to share their anger". It was presented in such a negative way, and I could never get out from under it.

Clinton said one of her biggest regrets was not speaking to the "resentment" of white voters.

She reviews her internal monologue again to Pauley, saying "it was so discombobulating" and again saying part of her was wondering if she should go "Back up, you creep!" The book, entitled What Happened, will be in stores on September 12. But though it hasn't hit bookshelves yet, What Happened has already stirred controversy on the left, drawing criticism for appearing to rub salt in the wounds of a party trying to move past its crippling 2016 defeat and plan for the future.

So effective that his win still seems to shock Clinton, 10 months after election night. Sanders repeatedly attacked her as a representative of the political establishment, a message Trump echoed.

When Mr Trump delivered his inaugural address on January 20, Ms Clinton sat on the dais behind him, with her husband, Bill Clinton, and his former presidents George W Bush and Jimmy Carter.

"It was so, just, discombobulating", Clinton said.

But Clinton also revealed how she felt attending Trump's inauguration speech - in keeping with former First Lady protocol - and it wasn't pleasant.

Clinton told Pauley that Trump had missed that opportunity to bring the country together after a rough and tumble election season.

"Just because many former government officials have been paid large fees to give speeches, I shouldn't have assumed it would be okay for me to do it", Clinton wrote. Clinton said she had been "gobsmacked" by her loss, and talked about what she did afterward: "I went into a frenzy of closet-cleaning, long walks in the woods, playing with my dog, yoga, had my share of Chardonnay".

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