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Hillary Clinton Takes Responsibility for Losses in Memoir ‘What Happened’

September 7, 20174 min read

Hillary Clinton recently announced the publishing and release of her new book — a memoir explaining the deep loss in regards to the 2016 Presidential Election both literally and mentally.

Her defeat by Donald Trump could not have been easy, as anyone can imagine, and this upcoming memoir — set to be released Sept. 12 — seeks to offer Clinton’s vivid perspective on the election and other events.

Clinton is calling the book “What Happened,” as she plans to hash out and explain the ways in which a majority of the happenings during the election were, in actuality, her fault.

She claims her place and takes fault for her losses, regarding that she now “take[s] responsibility for all of them.

Clinton explains that while running for office “you can blame the data, blame the message, blame anything you want,” adding that none of that matters because the reality is that she “was the candidate” — everything that happened took place because she was involved.

In ‘What Happened’, Clinton is thoroughly honest and real about what she learned from the election, as well as what she learned about herself, but she also sheds light on many other issues such as Trump’s tactic for running to be the president being elementary at best.

She explains: “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 stroked America’s anger and resentment.”

Clinton’s third and latest memoir offers an equal amount of self-blame and admittance of wrong-doing as it does blame others involved in the election for her loss to Trump.

In the text, Clinton also places blame on Bernie Sanders for her loss to Trump in the election. She recounts in detail an event which occurred during the election last year: “When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn’t come up with anything. Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”

Additionally, she examines the events of the election by claiming that people generally have never really liked her “as first lady, US senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate” — each of the aforementioned roles put her in an awful standing with the public, and she adds that it is all due to the fact that she is a woman.

While at first glance, it may seem like she has packed away all the bitterness and hardness of her heart towards Trump and Bernie, specifically, as well as several others involved, through the act of writing and releasing this memoir, Clinton has clearly not yet been able to get over her loss — but perhaps this book will be one step closer to her finding peace, in her hectic life once more.


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