Hillary Clinton, in interview, reflects on 'very painful' loss

Jay Jacobs
September 11, 2017

"The forces that were at work in 2016 were unlike anything that I've ever seen or heard about", Clinton told CBS' Jane Pauley on Sunday Morning. "It was a ideal storm".

"Well, I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner", said Clinton.

"It was a very hard transition", Clinton said of the days following the election. It was presented in such a negative way, and I never could get out from under it. 'And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut - what an opportunity to say, "OK, I'm proud of my supporters, but I'm the president of all Americans"'.

Clinton, often described as a cold calculator, has also recognized the bad void she felt after her surprise defeat, and this despite a wide lead in the popular vote.

"As an active politician, it's over".

"I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake", Clinton said.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Clinton's primary opponent, and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey for significantly hindering her presidential bid.

CLINTON: No, but they were already energized.

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In her conversation with Pauley, she talked about some of her most newsworthy moments, including her decision to attend President Trump's inauguration, a tradition because she's a former first lady.

Clinton will probably not be the leader-if one exists anywhere-to help Democrats out of the ideological brawl between those who would ignore racial and gender politics and "unite" as Americans and the politics of racial identity, exquisitely and furiously argued for by Ta Nehisi Coates.

"I felt like I had let everybody down."
And she writes in her book that Sanders' populist attacks on her opened the door to Trump's "crooked Hillary" strategy.

Addressing President Trump's debate tactic of looming into her personal space - "It was so discombobulating" - Clinton praised her own composure, but noted that failing to more boldly repudiate Trump did not serve her well.

And, she added, "Yes, I had my fair share of Chardonnay". Conducted by Jane Pauley, it got right down to business with a blunt admission from the former US senator and secretary of state: Her concession speech came a day late in large part because she hadn't written one.

Clinton added that she failed to draft a concessions speech the night of the election and still felt awful about losing. "I was just gobsmacked, wiped out". "I had no idea". "It is to go forwards". I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable.

Clinton mused on the Women's March in her new book "What Happened" due to be released on Tuesday.

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