Clinton says ‘no doubt’
political survivor, who in a quarter century in public life rarely gave Americans a personal peek behind her professional veneer, shows a vulnerable side in her book as she describes her post-campaign funk.
She admits that not a day goes that she doesn’t think about why she lost, and “the aching sense that I let everyone down.”
“It’s going to be painful for quite a while,” Clinton writes.
“But I’m not going to sulk or dis- appear. I’m going to do everything I can to support strong Democratic candidates everywhere.”
She does not hold back in her criticism of Trump, branding her billionaire nemesis as an incompetent, unworthy, sexist “liar” in her book.
Clinton offers a personal reckoning of her election loss: how she was expecting an easy victory but was “shell-shocked” on election night; how she refused antidepressants and therapy, but drank her fair share of “Chardonnay;” and how she sought refuge in her family.
But the prospect of the twice Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries, then to Trump last year— very publicly foisting her suggestions on how to move the political debate forward has made some Democrats uncomfortable.
Despite some nudging by those in her party to exit the stage, Clinton makes clear she is keen to conduct an autopsy on the 2016 election.
“People are tired. Some are traumatized” and others want to keep the focus on the investigation into Russia’s election interference,” she writes.
“I get all that. But it’s important that we understand what really happened,” she adds. “Because that’s the only way we can stop it from happening again.”
Failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the start earlier this week of a 15-stop book-signing tour for her tell-all memoir on the 2016 presidential campaign,