Hillary Clinton spied on her own campaign staff

The night Clinton said what she never expected to say: 'Congratulations, Donald'
Hillary Clinton apologized to Obama after Trump's victory

19 April, 2017

And he would talk about how then-Republican nominee Donald Trump was wrong about climate change and the economy.

The call with Schale marks the beginning of a riveting account of the final, terrible hours of Clinton's long pursuit of the presidency, as told by reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes in their insidery new book, "Shattered".

"It's not my job anymore to do this", she said, her voice growing more forceful.

She told Trump that she was committed to country's success and "that means your success as president". "Mr President, ' she said softly".

Clinton called Trump to concede defeat shortly after a previous phone conversation with Obama.

The White House urged Clinton to concede as Trump claimed battleground states - some by slim margins - because Obama wanted to avoid a messy recount.

It took one more phone call from the president - to Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta - before she asked close aide, Huma Abedin, for the phone and uttered the words she never thought she would say: "Congratulations, Donald".

Moments later, Obama was back on the phone, this time making a consolation call.

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But the book provides abundant evidence that Hillary and her people played a large part in losing it.

And why was not she able to convey that message, something her husband, two-term president Bill Clinton was an expert at? The book also describes how Clinton couldn't untangle herself from her past as a controversial insider politician, and she couldn't up with an effective platform to counter Donald Trump. According to the book, she also said that she knew she had "let her country down" and that her loss had "shattered" Obama's legacy.

According to the authors, if Clinton carried the blame on her own shoulders that night, it didn't take long, in the aftermath of her loss, for her to unload it on those around her - including Obama.

The book sheds particular light on the painstaking turn of events on election night, as Clinton watched the returns deviate dramatically from the path her campaign had so confidently predicted.

In Wisconsin, she didn't show up enough.

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

However, what is not included in the book, according to the Washington Post, is any delving into the possibility of Russian hacking into the election, and any repercussions it might have had on Clinton's campaign and the election.

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