Former President Barack Obama was the one who pushed Hillary Clinton to conceded to Donald Trump in the late hours of the morning the day after the election.
Moments after doing so, she called the president back and apologized for the defeat, according to an excerpt from a new book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Election Campaign,” obtained by the Daily Mail.
The book was written by political journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, detailing the roller coaster ride Clinton took on Election Night.
According to the authors, Clinton felt she “let her country down,” when she spoke to former President Obama and knew his legacy laid “shattered at Donald Trump’s feet.”
“You need to concede,” Obama told Clinton as the results came in and it was apparent that she had been defeated.
Then-President Obama was “determined to make sure that his friend understood that the election was over” and that he “didn’t see any point in prolonging the inevitable” as he wanted to avoid a “recount mess.”
After the call, Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, called Kellyanne Conway and got the two candidates on the phone where Clinton gave her concession.
“Congratulations, Donald,” she reportedly said. “I’ll be supportive of the country’s success and that means your success as president.”
Moments later Obama called again, according to the book.
Obama’s legacy and her dreams of the Presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump’s feet. This was on her. Reluctantly she rose from her seat and took the phone.
“Mr President,” Clinton said softly. “I’m sorry.”
An excerpt previously released from the book also revealed how Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, abused staff after a defeat to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Michigan primary.