Election night was not an easy evening for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In fact, during a call with then-President Barack Obama, Clinton apologized for not securing the presidency against Donald Trump.
Clinton made her amends after offering her “congratulations” to Trump, according to a new book detailing the former secretary of state’s 2016 presidential campaign, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”
“Mr. President, I’m sorry,” Clinton told Obama, the Washington Post reported in its review of the book, which was written by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Sidewire’s Jonathan Allen.
It was the Obama administration that urged Clinton to concede the race to Trump, as he began racking up wins in so-called “blue wall” states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin because the White House didn’t want Democrats to get caught up in a recount.
“You need to concede,” Obama told Clinton. He later repeated the simple instruction to Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta.
While Clinton did concede the race to Trump privately, she did not publicly throw in the towel until the morning after Election Day.
After all was said and done, the book chronicles, Clinton admitted the 2016 campaign was her “last race,” The Hill reported.
“Look, I really just want to concede gracefully, wish him the best, thank everybody, and get off the stage,” she reportedly said as she looked over her concession speech with her staff. “This is not a moment for me to do more than that.”
But Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s chief strategist, wanted to make sure Clinton’s speech was a barn burner.
“You have been saying for many months that he’s temperamentally unfit and that he would be dangerous, and if you meant it, you should say it,” he told Clinton. “And you made a case that all these people’s rights and safety are in danger — if you meant that, you should say it.”
The defeated Democrat responded to Sullivan, telling him it wasn’t her “job anymore to do this.”
“Other people will criticize him — that’s their job. I have done it. I just lost, and that is that,” she continued. “That was my last race.”