Hillary on 2016 loss: 'That was my last race'

Ever since last November's election night, millions in America and around the world have wondered what happened to Hillary Clinton, who was widely expected to become the first woman president of the United States. Democratic vote-counter Steve Schale had called to tell campaign officials that Hillary would not be winning the state, coming "up short" behind Trump.

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".

"You need to concede", Obama ultimately said to Hillary (he repeated the statement to Hillary's campaign chairman, John Podesta, as well).

She then called President Obama and said: "Mr. President".

In fact, almost everyone in the business of politics thought she would win --including many of Trump's own people.

The drama of Mrs Clinton's election in the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan is detailed in Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Election Campaign which is out on Tuesday. It says: "Obama's legacy and her dreams of the Presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump's feet".

"This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country", Clinton said, Yahoo News reports.

Sanders' rather quixotic campaign not only tested Clinton, it played perfectly into Trump's own critique of "crooked Hillary" and his tactic of tying her to globalism and Wall Street.

To this end, she had a trusted aide access the campaign's server and download the e-mails sent and received by top staffers.

And why was not she able to convey that message, something her husband, two-term president Bill Clinton was an expert at? The authors provide plenty of details, but their takeaway is familiar: Sanders was unexpectedly popular; Clinton could never quite figure him out but nonetheless managed to outlast him.

Clinton he insisted that it wasn't her "job anymore" to criticize Trump: "Other people will criticize him".

When Clinton delivered her concession speech on the morning after Trump's victory, she tried to strike a hopeful tone.

"Hillary winces. She wasn't ready for this conversation" the book said.

  • Patricia Jimenez