The former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has officially announced she won’t be running for president again, but plans to remain somewhat in politics.
“I am done with being a candidate,” said Clinton to CBS’ Jane Pauley on Sunday morning. “But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.”
Mrs. Clinton has been relatively quiet since losing to President Donald Trump in late last year, but is milking the loss for all it’s worth by releasing a book entitled “What Happened.”
In the book, that is being released this week, Clinton discusses her experience running for office and outlines some of the reasons for her loss.
In the CBS interview she reflects on what she felt on the early morning of the day she wasn’t elected.
"I just kinda went in the bedroom, laid down on the bed, just thought, 'Okay. I just have to wait this out,'" said Clinton "But then, midnight, I decided, 'Well-- you know, looks like it's not gonna work.'"
She then called Donald Trump and the White House. Even with the ongoing email server scandal, she had expected to win.
"I felt like I had let everybody down," said Clinton. “I had not drafted a concession speech. I'd been working on a victory speech.”
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton then went to their home in Chappaqua and it was time to write a concession speech.
"Off I went, into a frenzy of closet cleaning, and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write-- yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, tryin' to calm myself down. And-- you know, my share of Chardonnay. It was a very hard transition. I really struggled. I couldn't feel, I couldn't think. I was just gob-smacked, wiped out,” said Clinton for the rest of 2016.
Then in once it was 2017, she decided to attend Trump’s inauguration. But she had some harsh criticism about his inauguration speech.
"But I'm a former first lady, and former presidents and first ladies show up," said Clinton. "It's part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government. And so there I was, on the platform, you know, feeling like an out-of-body experience. And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut."
She condemned Trump for dividing the country further with his speech.
“What an opportunity to say, 'Okay, I'm proud of my supporters, but I'm the president of all Americans.' That's not what we heard at all,” said Clinton.
She continues to still criticize his lack of political experience.
“We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president. He ends up in the Oval Office. He says, ‘Boy, it’s so much harder than I thought it would be. This is really tough. I had no idea,’” said Clinton “Well, yeah, because it’s not a show. It’s real. It’s reality, for sure.”
Although she takes responsibility for the defeat, she believes outside factors like the private email server scandal, discrimination against women, her lack of sympathy for those in financial despair, and Bernie Sanders– all attributed to her loss.
"Oh, I think the-- the most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email," said Clinton. "I've said it before, I'll say it again, that was my responsibility," said Clinton. "It was presented in such a negative way, and I never could get out from under it. And it never stopped."
"His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' campaign,” said Clinton about Bernie Sanders.
She also believes the reopening of the FBI investigation in October was the last nail in the coffin.
"Eleven days before the election. And it raised the specter that, somehow, the investigation was being reopened," said Clinton. "It just stopped my momentum. Now, remember this, too, Jane. At the same time he does that about a closed investigation, there's an open investigation into the Trump campaign and their connections with Russia. You never hear a word about it. And when asked later, he goes, 'Well, it was too close to the election.' Now, help me make sense of that. I can't understand it."
Author’s note: Although we are glad that Clinton won’t be making a push to be president again, especially since she was extremely irresponsible with confidential emails, she won’t be out of the political space forever. Several government agencies are still loyal to her/Obama and have proven they don’t want to cooperate with the new Trump administration. At least, she is taking responsibility for her use of the private unsecured email server, but the damage has already been done.