Hillary Clinton Responds to Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Criticism of Her Book
Clinton appeared live on "Today" and then on "The View" on Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton, during a Wednesday morning appearance on The View, pushed back on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' criticism of her and her new book, What Happened, during Tuesday's press briefing.
"I think it's sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost, the last chapter of her public life is going to be defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks," Sanders had said.
Asked about Sanders' comments, Clinton told the co-hosts of The View: "I honestly don't pay much attention to what she says. We're not getting the kind of information from this White House that we should."
Clinton has been on an impressively extensive media tour over the last few days to promote her new book, and started the morning by appearing on NBC's Today show. She told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie that she believes former FBI director James Comey was the primary reason why she lost to Donald Trump in November.
Clinton said Comey's decision to once again look into her use of a private email server in late October stopped her campaign's momentum and drove voters away from her. "I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did," she said Wednesday morning.
An interesting subtext to her appearance Wednesday is that co-host Lauer was one of her primary media targets in the book. She criticized his performance as host of NBC’s "Commander in Chief" forum last September, during which Lauer hammered her with questions about her use of a private email server while secretary of state and Clinton was noticeably peeved.
"Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush," Clinton wrote in the book. "What a waste of time.” She also admitted, "I can’t say I didn’t fantasize about shaking some sense into Lauer while I was out there."
While Lauer, in the "effort of full disclosure," mentioned Clinton's criticism of him in the book, the overall interview was civil.
Lauer, though, hinted at criticisms of Clinton in an early interview question to her. "People are using words to describe this book that they don't normally use in association with you: 'unrestrained,' 'very candid.' People saying you've taken your political straitjacket and been unleashed a little bit to say what you really want to say," Lauer said. "Did you view it as a historic document, or did you view it as a kind of a literary version of a cleanse for you?" (She said the book is both.)
At the end of the interview, Clinton gave Guthrie, a new mother, a copy of her children's book, and plugged Guthrie's own children's book. "There's all kind of cross promotion here," Guthrie said. "I don't know what to say."