When Hillary Clinton woke up on the morning of Election Day, she was sure she would be elected President of the United States.
And then the votes came in.
When it was clear she was going to lose, Hillary Clinton had to make two of the most humiliating calls of her life.
The first call Hillary was to Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory.
It was a conversation she – nor any of the so-called “experts” in the media – thought she would ever have to make.
The new book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” recounts the events surrounding the call.
The Washington Post provided an excerpt from the new book:
“Shortly after 11:00 p.m., after Wisconsin was called by Fox News, Allen and Parnes report that the campaign fielded a series of calls from the White House pushing Hillary Clinton to concede, even though the margins in many states were extraordinarily close. President Barack Obama thought it was over and did not want a messy recount.
First came a call from White House political director David Simas to Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook. “POTUS doesn’t think it’s wise to drag this out,” Simas said.
But Clinton was dragging it out.
So then she got a call from POTUS. “You need to concede,” urged Obama, who repeated the message in a follow-up call to Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.
At last, Clinton said, “Give me the phone.” And then the first woman who was going to be president got her opponent on the line and said two words she never expected to say: “Congratulations, Donald.”
But that wasn’t all.
Hillary had to slink back to the phone to call Barack Obama and apologize for losing.
The Washington Post also reports:
“Moments later, Obama was back on the phone, this time making a consolation call. “Mr. President,” Clinton said softly. “I’m sorry.”
The dire scene in the Peninsula unearths a bit of history that was mostly left unreported in the madness that followed that night, as the country and the world focused almost entirely on the emerging reality of Trump’s victory. Thanks to Allen and Parnes, we now know how Clinton reacted, at the moment she was supposed to become the first female president. And we know how the Clintons responded, at the moment when the country told them: No more.”
Election Day did not go the way Clinton wanted.
Millions of Americans cheered as her failed career finally came to an end.
And her final act was making two humiliating phone calls.