America found out exactly how much former President Barack Obama had to pressure Hillary Clinton to concede to Donald Trump last November in the new book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” by political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.
The first call came from White House political director David Simas. “POTUS doesn’t think it’s wise to drag this out,” Simas told Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on election night, the book reveals.
It took another call from the president himself to convince Clinton that it was over, and she had lost.
Even though most media outlets considered Clinton’s victory in the 2016 election to be all but a sure thing, “Shattered” reveals just how troubled the Clinton campaign was from the start. And reporters can’t get enough of the juicy stories leaked by staffers of Clinton’s failed campaign.
New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani writes that the book shows how “a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into ‘another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.’”
Clinton’s former campaign staff, unsurprisingly, are not fans of the book. Former Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri disagreed with the books portrayal of the campaign staff as “mercenaries with questionable motives who lacked a loyalty to a candidate described as ‘imperial’ and removed from the campaign,” according to Medium.
This report, by Thomas Phippen, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.