Hillary Clinton, who has remained relatively low-key since her 2016 presidential election loss, is now in the public eye once again due to her upcoming memoir What Happened. In a new interview regarding her book and the events it describes, Clinton made a surprise announcement about her political future.
According to the Free Beacon, Clinton told CBS anchor Jane Pauley, “I am done with being a candidate.” Despite stating she will no longer seek elected office, Clinton asserted she will remain involved in politics because “our country’s future is at stake.”
On CBS’s Sunday Morning, Jane Pauley directly asked Clinton what many observers have been wondering: “Is your political career over?” The former Democrat presidential candidate, who was widely perceived as the favorite before losing to Donald Trump in a surprise election, replied in the affirmative.
“Yes. As an active politician, it’s over,” Clinton said. When Pauley pressed for clarification, Clinton declared: “I am done with being a candidate, but I am not done with politics, because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.”
Clinton’s CBS appearance coincided with the upcoming release of her book. What Happened describes the Clinton campaign from the candidate’s own perspective, and offers her take on why she lost the election.
Passages given to the press have sparked controversy from both sides of the political aisle, prompting Democrats and Republicans to accuse Clinton of being out-of-touch, and in denial about her defeat.
As CNN notes, Clinton lays part of the blame on her main primary competitor, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). According to Clinton, she and Sanders “agreed on so much,” leading the charismatic senator to launch damaging personal attacks on her.
Clinton writes that Sanders “had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character.” She claims that former President Barack Obama urged her not to strike back at Sanders, who is highly popular with the youth and the far-left.
In other excerpts, Clinton blames her loss on factors such as alleged Russian interference, the media’s coverage of her private email scandal, and the sex scandal of former Congressman Anthony Weiner — who was married to Clinton’s personal aide, Huma Abedin. However, Clinton also seemingly acknowledges her own perceived faults.
According to Bloomberg, Clinton says she regrets having given paid speeches to large Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs. For Clinton, the speeches created poor optics that hurt her with her base, which tends to view Wall Street investment banks with suspicion. Clinton criticizes President Trump for filling administration roles with bankers, such as Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, formerly of Goldman Sachs.
What Happened also sheds light on Clinton’s reaction to her stunning loss. Clinton famously broke with precedent and failed to give a concession speech on election night. According to the Washington Examiner, Clinton did not draft a concession speech, not believing she would lose.
As Christian News Alerts reports, Clinton’s book discusses her marriage to former President Bill Clinton. The defeated candidate writes that she considered divorce in light of her husband’s sex scandals, which include accusations of sexual assault.
Time will tell whether Clinton follows through with her claim to refrain from running for office again. It is a move that even some of her associates would seemingly welcome. According to The Daily Caller, a former Clinton fundraiser openly wished she would “go away.” Clinton has not yet revealed what her future involvement in politics might be.