On Election night 2016, Hillary Clinton was knocked off her high horse. Now we know there was insult added to injury: Hillary had to apologize to Obama that night for losing what many said should have been a slam-dunk win.
The revelation comes from a new book out today: Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, written by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. It is available from Amazon by clicking here. Allen has covered national politics for Politico, Bloomberg, and Vox. He is the head of community and content for Sidewire, and writes a weekly political column for Roll Call. Parnes is the senior White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington. She covered Hillary Clinton during the campaign and will cover the Trump administration.
The book details the hubris that led to Hillary’s downfall, which can be seen in her behavior on election night. She was so prideful, the book details, that she refused to concede she had lost the election. President Obama himself had to call Hillary on election night and convince her to concede to Trump. The book says Clinton then called the President back to swallow her pride and apologize for losing.
Hillary Clinton apologized to President Obama for her bruising loss — right after calling Donald Trump to offer him “congratulations,” according to a new book chronicling her 2016 presidential bid called “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”
“Mr. President, I’m sorry,” she said, according to a Washington Post review of the book due out Tuesday.
The White House urged Clinton to concede as Trump claimed battleground states — some by slim margins — because Obama wanted to avoid a messy recount.
“You need to concede,” Obama told Clinton directly, later repeating the instruction to her campaign chairman, John Podesta, for good measure.
The directive came after Clinton ignored previous messages from White House staff to throw in the towel.
She conceded the loss publicly the next morning.
The apology and concession must have been brutal for Clinton. After all, this is the woman who once openly wondered why she wasn’t 50 points ahead.