After her unexpected loss to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton called then-President Barack Obama to apologize.
Details of the exchange are described in the new book “Shattered,” a chronicle of Clinton’s campaign. “Shattered” was written by a pair of campaign reporters, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, and the excerpt of the conversation was found and detailed by The Washington Post.
After Clinton was informed by a trusted vote-counter in the state of Florida that she was going to lose the key battleground state, Allen and Parnes describe a confident room turning frantic. Aides begin to blame one another, Bill Clinton becomes angry, and Hillary slowly loses her resolve.
When it becomes clear that Hillary’s odds of victory were narrow, “Shattered” depicts a phone call from President Barack Obama’s White House to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, urging him to convince Hillary to concede. Obama does not want a “messy recount,” but Hillary refuses for the moment.
An hour or so later, Obama presses the campaign again. They need to concede.
Allen and Parnes say Hillary asked for the phone and made the one phone call she did not expect to make when the campaign began; a congratulatory dial to Donald Trump.
“Congratulations, Donald,” said Hillary, according to Allen and Parnes. She received a third call from the White House, this time, a conciliatory call from Obama himself.
“Mr. President, I’m sorry,” said Hillary.
“Shattered” spends much of its time on the campaign trail, particularly her battle with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination, according to the Washington Post.
Many media outlets predicted Clinton to win the presidential election by a large margin, an error that Trump has mentioned numerous times in speeches since.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama mentioned that not all mainstream media worked against Trump. In fact, some may have helped.
“Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country,” the president said in the interview. He went on to note that the Democratic party had lost much of its working-class base, particularly in the Midwest.
“Whatever policy prescriptions that we’ve been proposing don’t reach, are not heard, by the folks in these communities. And what they do hear is Obama or Hillary are trying to take away their guns or they disrespect you,” he said.
Hillary spent several weeks out of the public eye after the loss, reemerging for various speaking engagements in early 2017.
Sources: Washington Post, Rolling Stone / Photo credit: Melina Mara/Washington Post