Hillary Clinton Says She Was ‘Gobsmacked’ by Election Loss, Will Not Run Again

Hillary Clinton Says She Was 'Gobsmacked'
Courtesy of CBS News

In her first extended TV interview since losing the 2016 presidential election, former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said she has no plans to run for elected office again but plans to remain active in politics because of her grave concern that “our country’s future is at stake.”

Clinton told Jane Pauley on “CBS Sunday Morning” that she was “gobsmacked” by Donald Trump’s upset victory after the hard-fought 2016 presidential race. The interview is the kick off of Clinton’s promo campaign for her forthcoming book “What Happened,” to be released Tuesday by CBS’ Simon & Schuster imprint.

“I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness,” Clinton said in the interview that aired Sunday. “And, you know, Bill (Clinton) just kept saying, “Oh, you know, that was a terrific speech,” tryin’ to just kinda bolster me a little bit. Off I went, into a frenzy of closet cleaning, and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write– yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, tryin’ to calm myself down. And — you know, my share of Chardonnay. It was a very hard transition. I really struggled. I couldn’t feel, I couldn’t think. I was just gobsmacked, wiped out.”

Clinton described what she called an “out-of-body experience” when she attended Trump’s inauguration in January out of respect for tradition that former presidents and first ladies participate to underscore the democratic elective process. She called Trump’s fiery speech “a cry from the white nationalist gut” and said he missed the moment to try to unify the country.

“What an opportunity to say, ‘OK, I’m proud of my supporters, but I’m the president of all Americans.’ That’s not what we heard at all,” she said.

Clinton was also critical of former FBI chief James Comey for raising the specter of wrongdoing on her part in connection with her handling of email during her time as Secretary of State. Corey’s announcement 11 days before the Nov. 8 election that more of Clinton’s personal emails had surfaced on an unsecured computer was a severe blow to her campaign.

“It just stopped my momentum,” Clinton said. She also questioned why Comey did not disclose the fact that the Trump campaign was part of the nascent probe into Russian interference in the election. “At the same time he does that about a closed investigation (into Clinton emails), there’s an open investigation into the Trump campaign and their connections with Russia. You never hear a word about it. And when asked later, he goes, ‘Well, it was too close to the election.’ Now, help me make sense of that. I can’t understand it.”

Clinton told Pauley that she did not believe her candid comment that half of Trump’s supporters could be described as being part of a “basket of deplorables” was not a significant factor in her loss. “I don’t think it was determinative,” she said, because Trump’s ardent supporters would never have voted for her anyway. But she did regret “giving him a political gift of any kind” as Trump champions seized on the “deplorables” tag.

Clinton did acknowledge that major flaw of her campaign was the relative lack of anger that she voiced about the state of the economy.

“I understood that there were many Americans who, because of the financial crash, there was anger. And there was resentment. I knew that. But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it,” she said. “I think that it was a mistake because a lot of people didn’t wanna hear my plans. They wanted me to share their anger. And I should’ve done a better job of demonstrating ‘I get it.’ “

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  1. JoeyV says:

    Alternate nostril breathing?? Know how I know she does coke?

  2. Ronny G says:

    People are dying in Florida, and Hi-Liar-y thinks America gives a care that she lost?! Donate to these disasters like President Trump!!!!!!!!!

  3. This says:

    Wait is this a new musical. Hillary sings.
    What happened. Tune.
    What happened to meeeeeee?????
    Why did I lose what happened to meeeeeee?????
    Next tune chorus
    We worked so hard for the man
    And background dancing
    The man we worked for we worked so hard.
    Background dancers jump up onto their desks and show their iPhones.
    Tickets anybody. ???

    • Dan says:

      Funny how the media didn’t even cover the fact that besides the destroyed gov documents/email and illegal server…..
      Hrc and her crew destroyed dozens of iPhones.

  4. Pippy says:

    Busy promoting a book while the country faces an unprecedented series of devastating hurricanes. Does anybody care?

  5. Dylan Klebold says:

    Ahh, USA. The country where a candidate can get 3 million more votes than the opponent, and the system still makes the opponent president. All votes matter!!! (Even the Trump voting illegals who just wanted a free ride home!)

  6. Bill B. says:

    I think she should run for Mayor of NYC, and so do others, but she doesn’t seem to be interested. Love her or hate her or something in between, if she had won at least the country would not be so full of the hatred trump unleashed, but perhaps by the time election day came about, it was already too late to correct the damage he had already done.

  7. Alex says:

    She’s spiting out fiction, she thinks no one remembers what happened. Her health was an issue and everyone saw how the DNC stole votes from Sanders, but she thinks she can change history with this book. History will not be kind to her, even her former supporters want her to shut up and leave.

  8. Yah says:

    Wretch. Is she drunk.

  9. Babaloo says:

    The American people failed you. We are too myopic and only care about ourselves and not the greater good.

    • Drew says:

      Quite the opposite.

      • Truthteller says:

        Great excuses…but what exactly are your reasons for not supporting her? And I hope you are happy with what your excuses gave America… you made your bed now you can sleep in it.

      • Ellie says:

        Babaloo, jmengele…

        I didn’t vote for Trump.

        In no way did the American people fail HRC. She has given her life to public service, and I thank her for that. However, she isn’t owed my vote, she has to earn it. Absent Putin, the last minute legal problem and the stupid “deplorables” statement, there were still lots of questions about the Clinton Foundation. Also, unlike Bill, she appears totally out of touch with middle class Anerica.

        If anything, she failed America ny allowing her hubris and ego blind her to what was going on in her campaign. She has been in politics all her life, is extremely savvy and is married to one of the best ever campaigners. Beyond belief that she didn’t map out a better electoral campaign.

      • jmengele says:

        Really hope that Drew is happy now with his incompetent, illiterate, racist MAGA. Loosen that TOO TIGHT hat a little bit when you wear it everywhere.

  10. Mary W says:

    Can Ms.Clinton quit blaming Bernie Sanders for her loss? If you ignore Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin, you have a good shot at losing the election. What a dreadful candidate that can’t deal with reality.

    • jmengele says:

      Bernie Sanders could have run but he didn’t have to cut her off at the knees. He started out fine but then he became relentless cuz he started to believe the Russian manipulation hype and started to believe that he could actually win and that Jane Sanders could actually become FLOTUS, driving him so far out of reality that he forgot that he was old as dirt, an atheist, an avowed Socialist which idiots read as “Communist” and that his promises were ridiculous attention grabbers. We had ten months of Weekend at Bernie’s” as Russian dragged that corpse around to confuse us. Those too stupid to see this are now suffering with Russia’s choice of the illiterate, non reading, can’t read laughing stock of the world that we ended up with. America is on its last leg & all because of Bernie. Alla y’all got just what you deserve.

    • jmengele says:

      What have YOU run for lately? Oh, nothing? Cuz you seem to know an awful lot about politics & Mrs. Clinton speaks so well of you in her new book.

  11. Stanley says:

    After watching Clinton’s interview, I’m so happy this political beast didn’t win. She blamed everyone else but herself. She didn’t have the dignity to admit calling half the population deplorable cost her. Her arrogance knows no boundaries. Now, fade away and count all of the money you’ve stolen.

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