CNN got Hillary Clinton‘s book — What Happened (Simon & Schuster, 494 pages) –from a Jacksonville, Florida, bookstore a week before its widespread release and read it.
The defeated presidential contender concedes that the loss was her own fault.
“I go back over my own shortcomings and the mistakes we made. I take responsibility for all of them. You can blame the data, blame the message, blame anything you want – but I was the candidate. It was my campaign. Those were my decisions.“
But there is also plenty of blame to go around. She about the sexism hampered her ability to reach voters and talks about Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former FBI director James Comey.
The book oozes with contempt for Trump and the President he has become.
Clinton admits she suffered an inability to say what she really felt on the campaign trail, seems to drop many of those tendencies here. She wonders why, after terms as first lady, US senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate, the public still just doesn’t seem to like her.
“What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking. I’m at a loss. I think it’s partly because I’m a woman.“
She says has spent the months since reading studies, reports and news articles since her loss.
“I think it’s fair to say that I didn’t realize how quickly the ground was shifting under all our feet. I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment.“
Clinton is intent on staying in public life. No seething in solitude.
“There were plenty of people hoping that I, too, would just disappear. But here I am.“
(Photos, Simon and Shuster/ YouTube; via CNN)