Hillary Clinton Admits She Had No Concession Speech Ready, Prepared as if She Was Definitely Winning
Hillary Clinton's first TV interview since her 2016 presidential election defeat aired on Sunday's edition of “CBS News Sunday Morning.”
Conducted by Jane Pauley, it got right down to business with a blunt admission from the former U.S. senator and secretary of state: Her concession speech came a day late in large part because she hadn't written one.
“I just kind of went in the bedroom, laid down on the bed, just thought 'OK, I just have to wait this out,'” she said. “But then, midnight, I decided, 'Well, looks like it's not gonna work.'” That was when she called Donald Trump to officially concede, followed by a call to then-President Barack Obama. By sunrise, though, the public still hadn't heard from her.
“I had not drafted a concession speech,” Clinton explained. “I had been working on a victory speech!” she added, laughing as she recounted the memory. “I just felt this enormous letdown, this kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness. And you know, Bill just kept saying, 'Oh, you know, that was a terrific speech,' just kind of [trying to] bolster me a little bit.”
She then described how she tried to calm herself down with everything from closet cleaning to hiking, including “my share of Chardonnay,” describing it as a “very hard transition” where “I really struggled” because she was so “wiped out.”
The segment moved to a shot outside a house owned by the Clintons in Chappaqua, New York, but it's not the house they've lived in for several years. Instead, it's one they bought before the election with the idea that White House staff and security could stay there whenever Hillary returned home during her expected presidency.
“I know a lot about what it takes to move a president, and I thought I was going to win,” she told Pauley. “I'm very happy we did it.” Presumably, that's because she says she ended up writing her new book, “What Happened,” which comes out Tuesday, at the second house's kitchen table.
Watch the clip below, courtesy of CBS News.