White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for writing a book that will reflect on the 2016 presidential race, titled "What Happened."
On Aug. 24, Conway was asked during an interview to respond to criticism leveled against President Donald Trump by former National Intelligence Director James Clapper. Instead of discussing Clapper's critique directly, Conway asserted that Democratic lawmakers were dreading Clinton's upcoming memoir.
"You've got Hillary Clinton who Democrats are whispering all over this town they wish that this book didn't happen," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
Conway added that she believed Democrats wish Clinton "would just either make herself useful or fade out of the limelight."
The White House counselor was asked again to respond to Clapper's comments, which she described as "way over the line."
On Aug. 23, Clapper expressed alarm about Trump's fitness for office following the president's speech during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
"I really question his ability to be -- his fitness to be -- in this office, and I am also beginning to wonder about his motivation for it," Clapper told CNN.
The former national security director, who had historically maintained a neutral stance on political matters, accused Trump of exhibiting "behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral and ethical void ... How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?"
Conway asserted that Clinton's book was evidence that those who criticized Trump were speaking from a place of weakness.
"[Clinton] failed to make history and she succeeds at making excuses," Conway said. "And that is emblematic of the Democratic Party right now that is so bereft of ideas and issues that they have to then play armchair psychiatrist. We're not going to let it happen. It's outrageous."
Clinton's book is slated to be released on Sept. 12. The former Democratic presidential nominee had pledged to give her candid thoughts on how and why Trump won the election.
On Aug. 23, excerpts from the book were released to MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
The excerpts revealed that Clinton felt uncomfortable when she felt Trump invaded her space on the stage during a presidential debate in October 2016, and that she felt profound guilt for losing the election.
"Every day I was a candidate for president, I knew that millions of people were counting on me," Clinton wrote. "And I couldn't bear the idea of letting them down. But I did. I couldn't get the job done. And I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life."