Former President Barack Obama pushed Hillary Clinton to concede to Donald Trump in the wee hours of the morning of Nov. 9, 2016.
Moments after she had done so, she called the president back to apologize for her crushing defeat, according to an excerpt from a new book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Election Campaign,” obtained by the Daily Mail.
The book, written by political journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, detailed the roller coaster ride Clinton took on Election Night.
According to the authors, Clinton felt she had “let her country down,” when she spoke to former President Obama and knew that his legacy laid “shattered at Donald Trump’s feet.”
“You need to concede,” Obama told Clinton as the results came in and it was apparent that she had been defeated.
Then-President Obama was “determined to make sure that his friend understood that the election was over” and that he “didn’t see any point in prolonging the inevitable” as he wanted to avoid a “recount mess.”
After the call, Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, called Kellyanne Conway and got the two candidates on the phone where Clinton offered her concession.
“Congratulations, Donald,” she reportedly said. “I’ll be supportive of the country’s success and that means your success as president.”
Moments later Obama called again, according to the book.
Obama’s legacy and her dreams of the Presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump’s feet. This was on her. Reluctantly she rose from her seat and took the phone.
“Mr President,” Clinton said softly. “I’m sorry.”
A previously released excerpt from the book revealed how Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, verbally abused her staff after she suffered a humiliating defeat to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Michigan primary.
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