Hillary Clinton has one thing to say to Barack Obama after her election night loss to Donald Trump: I’m sorry.
The behind the scenes look comes courtesy of a new book,” Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, about election night at the Clinton campaign headquarters. The chaos erupted about 7:45 p.m., when they realized they were going to lose Florida.
After some intense back-and-forth, hours of blaming, fury and – finally, resignation – Hillary made two phone calls.
The first was to Trump, where she said the two words she thought she would never utter: “Congratulations, Donald.”
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Then she picked up the phone and made another phone call – this time to President Barack Obama. From the book:
Moments later, Clinton was back on the phone, this time making a consolation call. “Mr. President,” Clinton said softly. “I’m sorry.”
Who wrote the book: Shattered was written by longtime Clinton chroniclers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. Together, they also wrote “HRC” in 2015.
What does it say: It was based on interviews with more than 100 unnamed sources from within Clinton’s inner circle. Each account was given under the promise that their tale would be told only after the election was over. From The Daily Beast:
The 480-page report relays the behind-the-scenes drama behind many of the Clinton campaign’s most embarrassing blunders and unforced errors. More damning than any anecdote of petty infighting or a deadly devotion to data, however, is the book’s verdict on the main reason for Clinton’s loss: Clinton herself.
So why did Clinton lose? The book sidesteps a definitive answer – simply pointing out that Hillary’s entire campaign was based on the notion that Donald Trump was socially unacceptable and dangerously qualified.
“We also know that that strategy proved to be insufficient, but we gain little insight into how it came to be or whether any alternative was discussed,” The Post writes. “Also left uninvestigated is the extent to which Clinton’s ‘deplorable’ remark, which became a rallying cry for her opponents, hurt her among white working-class voters.”