Hillary Clinton opened up about her failed presidential campaign, how she handled losing to a reality TV star, and what that night was really like when she went in expecting to be the first female American president.
In a CBS Sunday Morning interview with anchor Jane Pauley (Clinton taped the segment Friday at her New York home), Clinton looked back at the past 10 months and shared some inside perspective of the campaign against Donald Trump.
Since the election, and with a book coming out this week detailing about what happened, Clinton made clear in the Sunday interview that she’s done running for public office. “I am done being a candidate,” she said. But she’s not done with politics, she assured.
Clinton talked about the night and days after she lost.
Late on election night after realizing this was not going as expected, she called Trump to concede and then she called President Obama. “I felt like I had let everybody down,” she said.
“I felt like I had let everybody down.”
After an unexpected loss, she admits that she hadn’t prepared for this scenario. “I had not drafted a concession speech,” she said with a sad chuckle. “I had been working on a victory speech.”
As to how she dealt with the huge political blow, she cleaned, took plenty of long walks in the woods, and discovered the benefits of yogic breathing.
“Off I went into a frenzy of closet cleaning and long walks in the woods, and playing with my dogs, and yoga — alternative nostril breathing, which I highly recommend — trying to calm myself down. And, you know, my fair share of chardonnay.”
Despite the jokes about how she coped, she admits she really struggled: “I couldn’t feel, I couldn’t think. I was just gobsmacked, wiped out.”
Looking back at the election, Clinton again called Trump a creep and talked about practice sessions to train for Trump “scowling and leering” at her at the second debate — right after the “grab them by the pussy” Access Hollywood tapes leaked.
After staying relatively quiet about her personal take on the campaign, with the book coming out now we’re hearing a lot more of the details straight from Clinton. The interview is embedded above.