Excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s memoir, ‘What Happened,’ reveals that she feared Trump would make good on his proposition to ‘lock her up’ for illegally sharing classified data on an unsecured email server.
‘In my head, I heard the vicious ‘Lock her up!’ chants that had echoed through Trump’s rallies,’ Clinton wrote in her new book. ‘In our second debate, Trump had said that if he won, he’d send me to prison. Now he had won. I had no idea what to expect.’
Dailymail.co.uk reports:But the President hasn’t followed through with the fiery threats he issued during the second presidential debate — and revealed since his victory the statement was ‘all for show,’ adding that Clinton suffered enough from the controversy.
‘The joke, it turned out, was on us,’ Clinton said, when speaking of her attendance to Trump’s inauguration in January. ‘There was a decent chance I’d get booed or be met with ‘Lock her up!’ chants.’
Clinton included several other names to her long list of grievances about those who cost her the election, and singled out energized anti-Trump women marchers for failing to deliver before her historic loss.
Clinton referenced the throngs of protesters who took the streets of Washington and other cities in a Women’s march shortly after his election. But her thoughts moved from the calls to resistance to the Trump agenda to why they hadn’t summoned that same passion for her own campaign.
‘I couldn’t help but ask where those feelings of solidarity, outrage and passion had been during the election,’ Clinton writes in her book, expected for release September 12.
While Clinton was able to attract considerable support at the polls – she beat Trump in the popular vote – there were signs of an enthusiasm gap throughout the campaign among base supporters. She also took swipes at primary rival Bernie Sanders, whose attacks on her finances, speeches, and fundraising helped feed Trump’s attacks on her.
Clinton also goes after NBC’s ‘Today Show’ host Matt Lauer for his handling of a presidential forum, conducted on the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York last September.
She writes that she was ‘ticked off’ and ‘almost physically sick’ by Lauer’s persistent focus on her email scandal.
‘Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush,’ she vented.
Lauer took flack after the fact for failing to provide effective push-back against Trump’s claims during his own, separate interview. Trump claimed ‘I was totally against the war in Iraq,’ and didn’t have to answer for past statements providing grudging support for the invasion.
Clinton’s swipe at Lauer and protesters was contained in excerpts reported by the National Enquirer, which bought a copy.
Clinton also reveals how she got an election-eve assurance from President Barack that turned out to be historically fake news when he told her the election was in hand.
The nation’s first black president gave a hug to the woman he believed would break another historical barrier and carry on his legacy during their last night campaigning together at a packed outdoor evening rally in Philadelphia.
‘You’ve got this. I’m so proud of you,’ Obama told her, Clinton writes in her new memoir.
Just hours later, Obama was counseling Clinton to concede on election night, Clinton writes, in a portion of the book reported by CNN. He didn’t want her to drag out the angry and prolonged campaign.
Clinton ended up holding off and sending out her campaign chair John Podesta to address her shell-shocked election night crowd.
When she finally made the concession call to Trump, Clinton says it was ‘without a doubt one of the strangest moments of my life.’
‘I congratulated Trump and offered to do anything I could to make sure the transition was smooth,’ Clinton writes. ‘It was all perfectly nice and weirdly ordinary, like calling a neighbor to say you can’t make it to his barbecue. It was mercifully brief.’
Of her own emotional state at the time, she writes: ‘I was numb. It was all so shocking.’
On Election Day, Clinton decided to take a nap even as her husband was ‘chomping on an unlit cigar’ as returns came in.
She might have gotten better advice from her husband, who told her ‘You might lose,’ according to an excerpt reported by the National Enquirer.
Clinton owns up to some errors, but also takes a dig at former Vice President Joe Biden for putting out a critique of her campaign.
‘Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 ‘did not talk about what it always stood for – and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,” Clinton wrote. ‘I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class.’
Biden, 74, still gets mentioned on the long list of possible Democratic challengers in 2020.
Defeat threw Clinton into ‘pain and shock,’ according to the Enquirer excerpt. ‘Friends advised on me the power of Xanax and raved about their amazing therapists,’ she writes – without revealing whether she took the guidance.
She admits trying to drink away her troubles at times.
‘I drank my share of chardonnay. Taking a page from the pre-heart attack version of her husband, Clinton says she was ‘splurging on burgers and fries’ and ‘enjoying every bite.’
Clinton makes efforts to understand her loss, accepting some blame even while pointing the finger at others including rival Bernie Sanders and going after former FBI Director James Comey for ‘shivving’ her.
‘What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking. I’m at a loss,’ she wonders in one conversational passage: ‘I think it’s partly because I’m a woman.’
She also delves into her marriage to Bill Clinton – following a campaign where Trump brought a host of former accusers from his past to a presidential debate.
She said her marriage has ‘many, many more happy days than sad or angry ones.’
‘I heard it again on the 2016 campaign … it’s just a marriage on paper now,’ Clinton writes. Then she cracks a joke in her multi-million memoir. ‘(He is reading this over my shoulder in our kitchen with our dogs underfoot and in a minute he will reorganize our bookshelves for the millionth time … but I don’t mind because he really loves to organize those bookshelves).’
Clinton also takes aim at Anthony Weiner in her new memoir, detailing how the disgraced politician’s relationship with a minor female derailed her campaign and left his estranged wife emotionally shattered after a search of his computer led to a new investigation into her private email server.
In a section of ‘What Happened’ that was obtained by Radar Online, Clinton reportedly reveals that Huma Abedin sobbed on her shoulder after learning that the FBI would be launching a new probe into the presidential hopeful’s emails less than two weeks before the election.
‘This man is going to be the death of me!’ a ‘stricken’ Abedin said to Clinton before ‘bursting into tears’ in front of her boss.
‘Anthony had already caused so much heartache, and now this,’ writes Clinton, who was cleared by the FBI two days before the election.
She goes on to reveal that she never once blamed Abedin for the incident, saying: ‘She had done nothing wrong and was an invaluable member of my team. I stuck by her the same way she has always stuck by me.’
Clinton makes that claim despite the fact that Abedin was immediately taken off the campaign trail after news of the investigation broke and kept away from her boss until Election Day.