Revelations from 'Shattered': New Book Detailing Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign
- Author: Fernando Stephens Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:48
According to a Washington Post review, at around 7:45pm on election night the Democrats still believed Mrs Clinton would win, until vote-counter Steve Schale told the campaign, "You're going to come up short".
Mrs Clinton then called Mr Trump, stating the two words that had seemed unthinkable to her supporters: "Congratulations Donald".
Despite years of post-mortems, the authors observe, Clinton's management style hadn't really changed since her 2008 loss of the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama: Her team's convoluted power structure "encouraged the denizens of Hillaryland to care more about their standing with her, or their future job opportunities, than getting her elected".
"It's not my job anymore to do this", she said, her voice growing more forceful.
"I'll be supportive of the country's success and that means your success as president", she reportedly said.
As the first take on Clinton's doomed campaign, they offer a behind-the-scenes view of the obstacles in her way - some familiar and others a outcome of the shifting American electorate.
"You need to concede", Obama told his former secretary of state, according to the authors.
Obama reportedly wanted to avoid Clinton - who was dealt her first major blow on November 8 around 7:45 p.m. when a top pollster informed her she was going to lose Florida, The Washington Post reports.
According to the book, after the results for the key swing states were announced, Obama argued that there was no point "prolonging the inevitable" by calling for recounts.
Clinton eventually did apologize to the public in August 2015, six months after the server issue was first brought to light.
However, the book claims that Obama urged Clinton to declare defeat and not to "drag it out".
"Hillary's campaign was so spirit-crushing that her aides eventually shorthanded the feeling of impending doom with a simple mantra", they added.
'She had let him down.
"The left, the center, the right, within their own party, and then attract some other people, so she wasn't able to do that", he told Tucker. And she had let her country down. Obama's legacy and the dreams of her presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump's feet. This was on her.
"That was a mistake", she said. FBI Director James Comey said on the same day as the event that he would not recommend charges against Clinton over her use of the private server. I just lost, and that is that.
The former President felt that the British vote to leave the European Union had been a "harbinger for a kind of screw-it vote in the United States" that helped Mr Trump to victory.