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Hillary Clinton’s tells all in her book: “What Happened”

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As we watched the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election in Canada, none of us wanted to entertain the notion that businessman and TV personality Donald Trump would win over a seasoned politician like Hillary Clinton. Clinton would have been the first female president, something even more unimaginable to many in the United States.

Hillary Clinton, US Democratic Party nominee in 2016 presidential election

Hillary Clinton writes about her defeat as the Democratic party nominee in the 2016 election to Donald Trump in her book aptly entitled: “What Happened”. A welcome book to so many of us who really want to understand what happened.

Donald Trump having completed his first year in office has the distinction of making at least 2,000 false or misleading statements, according to UK newspaper, The Independent. No day goes by without hearing about his daily tweets spouting off about everything from travel restrictions, to increasing the tensions between US and North Korea with statements over who’s nuclear button is bigger…

Hillary’s 7th book, published in September 2017 by Simon & Schuster offers candid reflections on one of the most memorable campaigns in US history.

She holds little back, with a new level of candor, saying “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”

By Simon & Schuster (nbcnews.com) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
From the book:

“I had known Donald Trump for years, but never imagined he’d be standing on the steps of the Capitol taking the oath of office as president of the United States. He was a fixture on the New York scene when I was a Senator – like a lot of big-shot real estate guys in the city, only more flamboyant and self-promoting.”

About her being a female:

“I suspect that for many of us – more than we might think – it feels somehow off to picture a woman president sitting in the Oval Office or the Situation Room. It’s discordant to tune into a political rally and hear a woman’s voice booming (‘screaming,’ ‘screeching’) forth. Even the simple act of a woman standing up and speaking to a crowd is relatively new.”

About the defeat:

Clinton had not even entertained the thought of a loss to Trump, describing herself as “shell-shocked” as the returns came in.

“I hadn’t prepared mentally for this at all,” she writes. “There had been no doomsday scenarios playing out in my head in the final days, no imagining what I might say if I lost. I just didn’t think about it.”

As Trump inched closer to victory, Clinton could barely breathe.

Support for her book when she went on tour:

Throngs of admirers packed into the 2600-seat Boston Opera House on Tuesday for a chance to hear Clinton speak. The sold-out Boston event was part of a 16-city national tour to promote her book, What Happened.

“We are paying attention more than ever,” said Katie Martell, 30, who attended with her wife, Martine. “We lost the election, but there is a silver lining — people are becoming more involved than ever before.”

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