Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Why Did Hillary Not Win
It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing going off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of the defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign-the candidate herself.
Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the author’s deep knowledge of Hillary, from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton), Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internationalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders, who basically took a lot of votes from Hillary at the poles.
From the outset, suspicions and unanswered questions trailed her candidacy, many of them centering in the size, reach, money-making activities and dubious associations involving the Clinton’s family foundation, and its various spin-offs. There were the unresolved questions about her role in Benghazi in particular and Middle East in general during her tour at the State Department.
The situation did not improve throughout her campaign. Unanswered questions about email use and servers persisted, with no admissions, no apologies, always something negative playing in the background, with never a full and direct statement by the candidate herself to clear the air.
Not even the day she launched her candidacy at a rally on New York’s Roosevelt Island. Hillary wasn’t able to explain in her speech that day why she was even running, she did come up with this statement: “America can’t succeed unless you succeed. That’s why I am running for president of the United States.” And throughout the campaign, she never got any traction or improved on her campaign message.
Hillary Clinton’s Emails
That pesky business of email and received from a private server while Clinton was secretary of state, a matter that the author’s note, bothered Barack Obama much more than he ever let on: “It was a classified unforced Clinton error, and he couldn’t believe that she and the people around her had let it happen.” The authors write. It didn’t help that the director of the FBI raised the matter of the email just before the election, a move that could not help but cost her votes.
The FBI Agents were stunned to find thousands of Hillary’s private emails while examining Anthony Weiner’s electronic devices for explicit text messages with a teen girl. Within hours of the September 26,2016, search warrant, FBI technicians noticed there were 340,000 emails on the laptop between Clinton and her top aide, Weiner’s’s wife Huma Abedin-many of them from domain addresses such as “hillaryclinton.com” and “state.gov.”
A federal judge ordered Hillary Clinton to testify at a deposition for a lawsuit related to her use of a private email computer server for official business while working as the secretary of state in the Obama Administration, stating that: “As extensive as the existing record is, it does not sufficiently explain Secretary Clinton’s state of mind when she decided it would be an acceptable practice to set up and use a private server to conduct State Department business.” Judge Royce Lambreth states.
Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8,2016.
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