“I couldn’t get the job done, and I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life.”
Clinton who was Howard Stern’s preferred presidential choice said she was “gobsmacked” or utterly astonished by her loss to Donald Trump. “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, trying to calm myself down. And you know, my share of Chardonnay. It was a very hard transition. I really struggled,” she said. “I couldn’t feel, I couldn’t think. I was just gob-smacked, wiped out.”
Trying to find reasons for her loss, Clinton described her failing as a “perfect storm” of white people, misogyny, and Russians fighting against her. Although she does admit to her own mistakes, she also has plenty of blame for other people, including former FBI director James Comey and Senator Bernie Sanders.
After losing the election to Donald Trump she had a decision to make. Would she be attending the inauguration? Defeated candidates do not automatically attend Presidential inaugurations but Hillary Clinton was also a former first lady.
“But I’m a former first lady, and former presidents and first ladies show up,” she said. “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.”
“He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances, for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others.”
“Millions of white people,” Clinton said.
And then the Russians. “The forces that were at work in 2016 were unlike anything that I’ve ever seen or read about. It was a perfect storm,” Clinton said.