In addition to the perception that she was an elitist, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton faced a trust deficit among voters. But according to a new book by someone who covered her campaign, Clinton’s team didn’t try to change that.
“I remember no one trusted Bill Clinton and he won twice,” campaign chairman John Podesta said, according to the Daily Beast. That’s part of New York Times reporter Amy Chozick’s recounting of the Clinton campaign, which, she said, told donors they weren’t going to do anything to “pull Hillary’s trust numbers out of the toilet.”
A Washington Post poll from August 2016 showed that while Clinton had a majority of Americans’ support, 59 percent said she was not honest nor trustworthy.
Throughout 2016, news surfaced of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server and how she used it to transfer classified information. By October, former FBI Director James Comey denounced Clinton’s actions but refused to recommend prosecution.
According to Chozick, Clinton was well aware of voters’ distaste for her but eventually, got fed up with hearing about it. After Donald Trump became the Republican nominee in 2016, Clinton reportedly told her pollster that she was “getting pretty tired of hearing about how nobody likes me.”
“Oh, what’s the point? They’re never going to like me,” Clinton also told a friend. And as Chozick indicated, Clinton herself may have realized that she made matters worse for herself when she called Trump’s supporters “deplorables.”
After that now-infamous speech during a September fundraiser, Clinton reportedly told her aides, “I really messed up.”