After laying relatively low for almost a year following her loss to President Trump, Hillary Clinton will be releasing her memoir, titled What Happened, this month. While the book will not officially be available for a few more days, excerpts were leaked this week, and they have, for the most part, not been well-received.
Clinton’s comments on her former opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, have been particularly frustrating for many liberal Americans. In one excerpt, Clinton complains about Sanders’ supporters harassing her supporters online. In another, she claims that his critiques of her “caused lasting damage” and made it harder to “unify progressives in the general election.”
Even people who once stood firmly by Clinton’s side are criticizing her for her comments.
One former Clinton fundraiser and surrogate said in an interview with The Hill about Clinton and her book:
‘The best thing she could do is disappear. She’s doing harm to all of us because of her own selfishness. Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f*ck up and go away.’
A former aide to President Obama also spoke out against Clinton and said that she’s doing damage to the Democratic Party as a whole.
‘None of this is good for the party. It’s the Hillary Show, 100 percent. A lot of us are scratching our heads and wondering what she’s trying to do. It’s certainly not helpful.’
Progressive activist and writer Jonathan Tasini also pointed out that, for the last nine months, Sanders has been busy trying to keep President Trump from “ripping the country apart” while Clinton has been writing her book and “hobnobbing with celebrities.”
‘Democrats, and all voters, can take a look at the two different visions, ably articulated, by the two Democratic finalists.
‘One person has been out in the country, almost without stopping, since the election rallying people to defend ObamaCare, against tax cuts for the wealthy and for a $15 minimum wage. The other person, while Trump has been ripping the country apart, has been taking long walks in the woods, drinking chardonnay, hobnobbing with celebrities and writing a book that entirely ignores the failure of the party establishment over a decade or two. People can choose which kind of party they prefer.’
At the same time, there are a still a few Democrats who are more sympathetic to Clinton’s situation. Democratic strategist Steve McMahon said that writing the book was “cathartic” for Clinton.
Meanwhile, Texas Democratic chairman Gilberto Hinojosa called Clinton “brilliant” but also said that she needs to move on from her loss to Trump.
‘I think what people want from her, and what the party needs, is the guidance she can provide in how we proceed in the future. She has a lot to offer in that respect, even if she didn’t reach everyone she needed to in the campaign. But she needs to not worry about what happened in the past.’
Clinton is scheduled to sit down with CBS’ Jane Pauley on Sunday to discuss the book in her first television interview since losing to Trump.
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