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The night Clinton said what she never expected to say: 'Congratulations, Donald'

Sherri Watson | 19 April, 2017, 01:41

Former President Barack Obama pushed Hillary Clinton to concede to Donald Trump in the wee hours of the morning of November 9, 2016.

In "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign", which was released Tuesday and is the first dissection of Clinton's unsuccessful campaign, authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write about Clinton's long awaited first national television interview, which I conducted in July 2015, nearly three months after Clinton got into the race. And then the first woman who was going to be president got her opponent on the line and said two words she never expected to say: "Congratulations, Donald".

As results in key states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin went against her, Mr Obama called Mrs Clinton and said: "You need to concede".

A review by the New York Times gets into more detail about Hillary's inability to run a campaign and her political ineptitude.

The book makes a number of revelations about Clinton and what happened during her campaign.

Moments later Obama called again, according to the book.

Last year, the FBI investigated Clinton's use of a private email server and whether she had improperly stored or transmitted classified information during her tenure as secretary of state.

Parnes and Allen's book also reports that former President Bill Clinton didn't think his wife should issue an apology for the email debacle.

There is the familiar tension between the old guard that has for decades operated "Clintonworld" and the new blood that labored in Brooklyn to reinvent the campaign of one of the most well-known public figures in the world.

In August 2015, Hillary Clinton addressed her private email server at a campaign stop in Iowa, appearing at first to take her husband's advice and explain her reasoning without apologizing.

"This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country", Clinton said, Yahoo News reports. It says: "Obama's legacy and her dreams of the Presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump's feet".

Clinton took Obama's advise and her aide Abedin called Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

"Mr. President, I'm sorry".

But let's say he had the right model - would Clinton have had a winning strategy, or would she have known she was going to lose?

"Hillary winces. She wasn't ready for this conversation".