It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Says She Won’t Run for President Again
When America finally gets around to electing its first female president, Hillary Clinton says it won’t be her.
Yesterday’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning ran the first extended televised interview with Clinton since the 2016 election. In it, she got candid about what she felt went wrong during the presidential race, as well as whether she’d consider running for president again.
What does Clinton think was her biggest mistake in her doomed presidential bid? Not showing enough sympathy with Americans’ anger, she said.
“I understood that there were many Americans who, because of the financial crash, there was anger. And there was resentment. I knew that,” she said. “But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it.”
“I think that it was a mistake because a lot of people didn’t want to hear my plans,” she continued. “They wanted me to share their anger. And I should’ve done a better job of demonstrating ‘I get it.'”
The outcome of the election was crushing for her, leading to an “out-of-body experience” when she attended Trump’s inauguration and heard a speech that sounded like “a cry from the white nationalist gut,” she said.
“I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness,” she said of the day of her concession speech. “Bill just kept saying, ‘Oh, you know, that was a terrific speech,’ trying to just kinda bolster me a little bit. Off I went, into a frenzy of closet cleaning and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write—yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, trying to calm myself down. And—you know, my share of chardonnay. It was a very hard transition. I really struggled. I couldn’t feel, I couldn’t think. I was just gobsmacked, wiped out.”
Clinton has talked before about how she got through Trump’s victory, saying during her Wellesley College commencement speech, “I won’t lie, chardonnay helped a little, too. Here’s what helped most of all. Remembering who I am, where I come from, and what I believe.”
When asked about a 2020 bid on CBS Sunday Morning, she said it’s not in the cards for her. But don’t expect Clinton to spend the rest of eternity walking in the woods and sipping white wine—she feels there’s too much work to be done to bow out of politics entirely.
“Our country’s future is at stake,” she said.