“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened
In an interview to CBS, Hillary Clinton went down memory lane regarding her defeat to then Donald Trump, the candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Seemingly having “the weight of the world” off of her and many months after the defeat, Clinton seemed to be forthcoming and honest about what had happened and how she contributed to that result.
“I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness,” Clinton said. On January 20, Trump took the oath of office and delivered his inauguration speech. Clinton had been so sure she’d be the one giving that inaugural speech.
Many small issues piled up in the run-up to the election year – which broke the camel’s back, resulting in a surprise loss to Trump.
Mini-Scandals during election year:
Email controversy, when she was Secretary of State, which even when Comey (then FBI director) dropped the case.
Emails and correspondence on Huma Abedin (her close aid at the time) exacerbated by the overlapping news about Abedin’s then husband, Anthony Wiener’s sexting scandal. The previous Secretary of State related email controversy was “still” open for examination, even though it wasn’t. The damage was being done, however.
Bernie Sanders ‘attacks’ made it harder for unification of voters on the left. Clinton saw it as the “seed” to “Crooked Hillary” campaign by Trump leveraged during the campaign year.
And a self inflicted damage came into play with her “Deplorables” statement (September 2016). This gave fuel to Trump supporters, even further. The timing was terrible, for the election date was 1 month away, at that point.
She will not seek any political office ever again (Clinton adamantly stated during the interview) but will continue activism into the future.
Her new book “What Happened” is now on sale for consumption on Amazon.