Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she didn’t make enough mistakes to lose the 2016 presidential election on her own, going on to praise her own resilience in the wake of her defeat.
NBC host Matt Lauer said there was a lot of “criticism” of others in her new book, What Happened, noting one of the recipients of it was himself for his tough questioning of her about her private email server use.
“When it comes to the self-inflicted wounds, when you look at the list of them … did you make enough mistakes yourself to lose the election without any of the other things you talk about?” he asked.
“I will say no, Matt,” she said. “I don’t think that will surprise you.”
Clinton went on to say the book wasn’t all “sad” despite what she called losing “somewhat bitterly” after winning the popular vote against Donald Trump. She said there were joyous looks into the background of the campaign as well, before pivoting to attacking the media.
“I personally believe that our press, which is such an essential part of our country, our democracy, has to take some hard look at how it covered what was the first reality TV candidate, and I understand how difficult that was,” she said.
In the book, Clinton said she wrote about what kept her going during a “challenging time.”
“I think that story of resilience, of how you get knocked down and you get back up, that’s a part of it as well,” she said.
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