The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” read excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, “What Happened,” Wednesday, and between the name-calling of President Donald Trump and Clinton’s lamentations that she “couldn’t get the job done” regarding the 2016 election, it sounds like a pretty difficult read.
The book reportedly details her journey as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and addresses the challenges she encountered throughout her presidential run.
Despite the book being critically panned by some liberals and conservatives, “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough called the book “powerful.”
Clinton’s book goes on sale Sept. 12.
Motivation behind the book
About the book, Clinton wrote:
I don’t have all the answers, and this isn’t a comprehensive account of the 2016 race. That’s not for me to write. I have too little distance and too great a stake in it. Instead, this is my story. I want to pull back the curtain on an experience that was exhilarating, joyful, humbling, infuriating, and just plain baffling. Writing this wasn’t easy. Every day that I was a candidate for president, I knew that millions of people were counting on me, and I couldn’t bear the idea of letting them down. … In this book, I write about moments from the campaign that I wish I could go back and do over. If the Russians could hack my subconscious, they’d find a long list. I also capture some moments I want to remember forever.
Clinton, in her book, described what it was like facing off with Trump during the presidential debates and called the president a “creep,” citing the sexual harassment allegations levied against him during the campaign.
“‘This is not OK,’ I thought. It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me two days before the world heard him brag about groping a woman,” Clinton wrote. “Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.”
She complained that Trump’s offensive stance made her uncomfortable:
It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, “Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up, you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.'”
The “Morning Joe” hosts also pointed out Clinton’s regrets about the outcome of the election.
In an audio clip obtained by the MSNBC show, Clinton discussed why she decided to write the memoir to begin with and shared her biggest regret.
“I couldn’t get the job done,” Clinton said in the audio, “and I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life.”
It’s apparent that Clinton feels the need to rehash the 2016 election and profit from it despite losing to Trump. Despite repeatedly claiming that she’d taken the high ground in dealing with Trump, Clinton opted to write a tell-all book that is more reminiscent of the Kardashians than a woman who wanted to be taken seriously as a candidate for president.
The problem, however, lies in the fact that few people seem to want to continue mulling over the election — which will have been over for a year in just a few short months — from Clinton’s perspective.
This isn’t Clinton’s first book — and undoubtedly, it likely won’t be her last. She has ridden the coattails of this election, as well as her subsequent loss, for nearly a year now, and she shows no evidence of slowing down.