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'Shattered' Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream

19 April 2017

The first sign of trouble reportedly came at about 7:45 p.m. when Steve Schale, a Clinton campaign polling analyst, called to say that loss was imminent in the key swing state of Florida.

On election night, Clinton made the call she truly never expected to make, phoning Donald Trump to concede defeat.

"You need to concede", Obama told his former secretary of state, according to the authors.

It was after Clinton had conceded defeat to Trump that Obama placed a consolation call to her. Clinton apologized solemnly during the call, saying she was sorry to have let him and the party down.

For the last 160 days, Americans and people all over the world have struggled for an answer to a single question: how the hell did Donald J. Trump win the election?

As the first take on Clinton's doomed campaign, they offer a behind-the-scenes view of the obstacles in her way - some familiar and others a outcome of the shifting American electorate.

In the ad, Sanders would tout Clinton for her education, healthcare and minimum wage proposals. But soon, the authors wrote, aides began to blame each other as Bill Clinton grew increasingly upset and Hillary Clinton became withdrawn. "But you have been saying for many months that he's temperamentally unfit and that he would be risky, and if you meant it, you should say it".

The book, written by political journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, detailed the roller coaster ride Clinton took on Election Night.

Clinton, for her part, carried a lingering doubt throughout the campaign.

"But mostly, she was mad - mad that she'd lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency."
"At times, Trump and Sanders would act as the right and left speakers of a stereo blaring a chorus on repeat: Hillary's a corrupt insider who has helped rig the political and economic systems in favor of the powerful". The autopsy on the Democratic candidate's 2016 campaign has unveiled several interesting tidbits, some of which show that insiders always knew Clinton's presidential bid was rife with disaster.

Bill Clinton's chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, "mentioned to him and a small group of his aides that she was going to see the Rolling Stones in Europe". Though it's nearly impossible to say what her exact feelings were in the moment she apologized to Obama, the news that she extended an apology to Obama right after congratulating her opponent is a brutal reminder of the disappointment many felt the morning of November 9th.