Politics

Hillary To Obama After Election Loss: 'I'm Sorry'

| by Alex Scarr

After her unexpected loss in the 2016 presidential election to Republican candidate Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton called then-President Barack Obama to apologize.

Details of the exchange are described in the new book "Shattered," a chronicle of Clinton's campaign. "Shattered" was authored by a pair of campaign reporters, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, and the excerpt of the conversation was found and detailed by The Washington Post.

After Clinton was informed by a trusted vote-counter in the state of Florida that the Democratic candidate was going to lose the key battleground state, Allen and Parnes describe a confident room turning frantic. Aides begin to blame one another, Bill Clinton becomes angry, and Hillary slowly loses her resolve.

The book recounts a testy situation on the night of the election as Hillary's odds of victory diminish,  when a phone call from Obama's White House to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook comes in, urging him to convince Hillary to concede. Obama does not want a "messy recount," but Hillary initially refuses.

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An hour or so later, the White House contacts the campaign again,  pressing them to concede.

Allen and Parnes write that Hillary asked for the phone and finally made the one phone call she did not expect to make when the campaign began; a congratulatory dial to Donald Trump.

"Congratulations, Donald," said Hillary, according to Allen and Parnes. She received a third call from the White House, this time, a conciliatory call from Obama himself.

"Mr. President, I'm sorry," said Hillary.

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"Shattered" spends much of its narrative on the campaign trail, particularly Clinton's battle with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination, according to The Washington Post.

Many media outlets predicted Clinton would win the presidential election by a large margin, an error that Trump has since mentioned in numerous speeches.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama mentioned that not all mainstream media worked against Trump. In fact, some may have helped.

"Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country,” the president said in the interview. He went on to note that the Democratic party had lost much of its working-class base, particularly in the Midwest.

"Whatever policy prescriptions that we've been proposing don't reach, are not heard, by the folks in these communities. And what they do hear is Obama or Hillary are trying to take away their guns or they disrespect you," he said.

Hillary spent several weeks out of the public eye after the loss, reemerging for various speaking engagements in early 2017.

Sources: The Washington Post, Rolling Stone / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr

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