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Clinton: Racist ‘White People’ Were Key To Trump Winning Election

Hillary Clinton has continued with her reflection and criticism of Donald Trump and the 2016 election by slamming Trump's inaugural address. Donald Trump won the 2016 election partly because he appealed to voters who oppose racial equality, Hillary Clinton suggested Sunday.

According to The Washington Post, the former Democratic presidential nominee told CBS News’ Jane Pauley: “He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others.” When the interviewer remarked, "What you’re saying is millions of white people,” Clinton responded: “Millions of white people, yeah. Millions of white people.”

Clinton, who has been making the rounds on television shows to promote her new book (“What Happened?”) about the White House race, described Trump’s inauguration speech in January as “a cry from the white-nationalist gut.” She explained why she decided to attend the swearing-in ceremony: “I’m a former first lady, and former presidents and first ladies show up. It’s part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government. And so there I was, on the platform, you know, feeling like an out-of-body experience. … What an opportunity (for Trump) to say, ‘I’m proud of my supporters, but I’m the president of all Americans.’ That’s not what we heard at all.”

The Post noted that about a year ago, Clinton warned voters about links between the Trump campaign and the so-called “alt-right.” She told a crowd in Reno, Nev.: “He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.” Trump, at a rally in New Hampshire, dismissed his opponent’s statement as the “oldest play in the Democratic playbook.” He added: “She paints decent Americans, you, as racists.”

CBS News reported that in the interview with Pauley, Clinton reflected on her upset loss at the polls. “I am good, but that doesn’t mean I am complacent or resolved about what happened,” she said. “It still is very painful. It hurts a lot.” Clinton remembered that upon realizing that Trump had won, she “just kinda went in the bedroom, laid down on the bed, just thought, ‘Okay. I just have to wait this out’; but then, midnight, I decided, ‘Well, you know, looks like it’s not gonna work.’” The defeated candidate then phoned the victor to concede. “I felt like I had let everybody down,” she said.

Clinton laughed as she revealed that she “had not drafted a concession speech” because she “had been working on a victory speech” instead. She said she “just felt this enormous letdown; just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness.” Clinton related in her book: “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, tryin’ 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 gob-smacked; wiped out.”

Source: Washington Post
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