Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in an interview, criticized Hillary Clinton's decision to release a memoir so soon after her election defeat.
“What's the f**king point? Keep the fight up?” the Arizona senator told Esquire.
“History will judge that campaign, and it's always a period of time before they do. You've got to move on. This is Hillary's problem right now: She doesn't have anything to do.”
Clinton's account of the 2016 presidential campaign, “What Happened,” hit the shelves in September. Since then, the former senator and secretary of state has gone to several states to promote her book.
McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee who lost to Barack Obama, reflected that after a defeat, the most difficult thing to do is to stay on the sidelines.
“One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: 'I did the right thing! I did!'” McCain said.
McCain told Esquire that the release of “Game Change,” which chronicled his campaign's attempts to make Sarah Palin seem like a viable vice presidential candidate, tempted him to release his own narrative, especially since his campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, contributed to the book. Ultimately, though, he resisted.
“The hardest thing to do,” he said, “is to just shut up.”