Hillary Clinton, in interview, reflects on 'very painful' loss

06 2017 shows former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the Eighth Annual Women in the World Summit at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City

Hillary Clinton said President Donald Trump comforted "millions of white people" with his campaign during an interview airing Sunday on CBS.

One could imagine Clinton crafting a final, meaningful political chapter for herself aimed at inspiring a women's movement so that 53 percent of white females won't vote for the next toxic masculinity candidate just because he's white; or challenging the conservative billionaires' decades-long effort to dilute or suppress poor and brown votes by gerrymandering and using the courts.

"Millions of white people, yeah".

If true, Clinton is closing the door on a storied political career that saw her become the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

Clinton, often described as a cold calculator, has also recognized the awful void she felt after her surprise defeat, and this despite a wide lead in the popular vote.

But Clinton also acknowledged her own shortcomings, including what she said was a failure to articulate her understanding of voters' frustrations.

"What an opportunity to say, 'Okay, I'm proud of my supporters, but I'm the president of all Americans, '" she said. "People didn't want to hear my plans, they wanted me to share their anger".

Trump supporters and other conservatives jumped on the comment and used it to paint Clinton as an out-of-touch elitist.

"The forces that were at work in 2016 were unlike anything that I've ever seen or read about", she said.

Names and faces
In first television interview since her defeat, Hillary Clinton opens up on what went wrong in 2016

CLINTON: Oh, I think the most important of the mistakes I made was using personal e-mail.

Indeed, in excerpts of her book that have leaked, Clinton takes swipes at many Democrats, including rivals like Sen.

PAULEY: Why do you think that word deplorable had been circulating in your mind?

"You fed into that though, when you said 'basket of deplorables, ' you energized...", Pauley began to respond.

She rebutted, "No, but they were already energized".

PAULEY: But you offended some people who didn't personally feel deplorable at all.

"I don't buy that, I don't buy that. I knew that, but I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it", she said, calling it a "mistake".

She said she plans to stay engaged in politics, however, 'because I literally believe our country's future is at stake'.




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