Hillary Clinton Talks Campaign Mistakes, Says She's "Done" Being a Political Candidate

CBS Sunday Morning
Hillary Clinton on CBS Sunday Morning

Clinton called Trump's inauguration a "cry from the white nationalist gut" on 'CBS Sunday Morning' where she opened up about election night, her past mistakes and her new book.

Former Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton opened up on mistakes made during her presidential run, called Trump's inauguration speech a "cry from the white nationalist gut" and expressed she is done being a political candidate during an interview Sunday to promote her new book, What Happened, on CBS Sunday Morning

"I am done with being a candidate. But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake," Clinton told Sunday Morning's Jane Pauley. 

While recalling her election night experience, Clinton expressed that the morning after, she had only written a victory speech and hadn't drafted a concession speech. She felt she had "let everybody down" and described she went "into a frenzy of closet cleaning, and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write — yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, tryin' to calm myself down. And — you know, my share of Chardonnay. "

She said she made the decision as a former first lady to attend Trump's inauguration, which felt like an "out-of-body experience," calling his speech a "cry from the white nationalist gut."

Clinton added "He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances, for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others because—"

Pauley then stopped Clinton to clarify, "What you're saying is millions of white people" and Clinton responded "millions of white people, yeah."

She also explained why she put many Trump supporters in what she called a "basket of deplorables," citing his lewd comments made on Access Hollywood.

"Well, I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner," said Clinton. "I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior as we saw on the Access Hollywood tape was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn't care. It did not matter to them. And he turned out to be a very effective reality TV star."

"We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president," she added. He ends up in the Oval Office. He says, "Boy, it's so much harder than I thought it would be. This is really tough. I had no idea." Well, yeah, because it's not a show. It's real. It's reality for sure."

Clinton looked back on her private email server scandal as the move that cost her the election. Although she stated that the email issue was her responsibility, she said when former FBI director James Comey reopened the investigation before the end of her campaign, he was possibly playing into "maybe some, you know, right-wing commentators, right-wing members of Congress, whatever."

"Eleven days before the election. And it raised the specter that, somehow, the investigation was being reopened. It just stopped my momentum," said Clinton. "Now, remember this, too, Jane. At the same time he does that about a closed investigation, there's an open investigation into the Trump campaign and their connections with Russia. You never hear a word about it. And when asked later, he goes, "Well, it was too close to the election." Now, help me make sense of that. I can't understand it."