Hillary Clinton discusses her ‘most important mistake’ during 2016 race

Hillary Clinton (YouTube / CBS News)

It has been nearly a year since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, and this week, she will release a book reflecting on her shocking defeat. In an interview with Jane Pauley of CBS’ Sunday Morning, Clinton recently shared some of her theories about where her campaign went wrong, both dishing out blame and accepting responsibility.

Clinton said that circumstances in 2016 created a “perfect storm.” Millions of Americans — and specifically “white people,” Clinton said, when prodded by Pauley — were angry and disaffected, and saw a refreshingly off-the-book savior in Donald Trump.

“I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it,” Clinton said. “I think, Jane, that it was a mistake because a lot of people didn’t wanna hear my plans. They wanted me to share their anger. And I should’ve done a better job of demonstrating I get it.”

But Clinton noted that her “most important mistake” was using a private email server while she was secretary of state –a misstep that drew ire from political critics and suspicion from the press and pundits.

“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, that was my responsibility,” she said. “It was presented in such a negative way, and I never could get out from under it. And it never stopped.”

Clinton described her loss as “enormous letdown” and said adamantly that her career as an “active politician” is over.

“But,” she added, “I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.”

Watch the full interview below. She also touched on a host of other topics, including the second presidential debate, expanding on some of what she covered in the book excerpt released last month, in which she writes, “It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, well, what would you do?” Clinton says she actually trained in debate prep for such a scenario, which helped her keep composed during those moments.


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