Hillary Clinton broke her self-imposed isolation after losing an election many expected her to win with a tearful rant that blamed others for her defeat, according to author Ed Klein.
Klein, who has written several books about the Clintons, said during a Wednesday interview that Clinton was anguished even hours after her defeat became known.
“Here’s what I know, not my opinion,” Klein said. “About 6:30 this morning (Clinton) called an old friend. She was crying inconsolably. She couldn’t stop crying.”
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“And her friend, her female friend from way, way back said it was even hard to understand what she was saying she was crying so hard. This is Hillary we’re talking about,” he added.
Although many pundits blamed Clinton herself for her defeat, Klein said Clinton had others in mind.
“Eventually her friend said she could make out that she was blaming James Comey, the Director of the FBI, for her loss, and, I don’t understand exactly, the president of the United States for not doing enough,” he said.
“She said, ‘Hillary felt that the president could have stopped Comey a long time ago, because that’s what (former President) Bill (Clinton) said,’” Klein related.
Eleven days before the election, Comey announced that the FBI was reviving its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. Although he announced two days before the election that Clinton would not face any charges as a result of new emails that were found, Clinton’s poll numbers had sagged significantly after the initial announcement.
Obama, who campaigned for Clinton on more than a dozen occasions, refused to publicly scold Comey and insisted the FBI director was not seeking to influence the election with his actions.
” … it is extremely telling that she blamed the FBI for her loss,” wrote Andrew Mark Miller on Young Conservatives. “That says a lot about Hillary Clinton. Nothing is her fault in her mind.”
He noted that Clinton sowed the seeds of her own defeat.
“The private server was her fault. The things revealed by WikiLeaks were her fault. Calling Trump supporters deplorable was her fault. Running a disgusting ad linking Trump to the KKK was her fault. Accepting millions of dollars from foreign governments in return for access was her fault,” he added.
By Friday night, Clinton had recovered enough to attend a campaign farewell event with her staff at which, while Bill Clinton and campaign chairman John Podesta cried, she encouraged her staffers to continue supporting the core principles of her campaign.
Privately, Clinton admitted the election took its toll.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it: These have been very, very tough days,” she had said earlier.
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