Hilary took the airways yesterday to promote her new book, What happened, on the “Woman’s Hour” TV show. She spoke on a lot of important things; Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and bouncing back from losing the presidential election.
She had this to say on how she handled losing the election:
“I thought I was going to win, I thought that I would have both the awesome responsibility and great honour of being the first woman president. We had planned for an election night celebration – an event at our big convention centre in New York City, which actually had a glass ceiling and we had some very smart people figure out how it could look like crashing glass… I was going to wear a white suffragette suit as I had when I accepted the nomination. I had not worked on a concession speech, I had worked o a speech celebrating a victory, and I put some of what I was going to say into the book, because it meant a great deal to me, especially the part about my mother who remains my primary inspiration. And it all came crashing down. The night of the election, around midnight when it became clear that something really unexpected was about to happen, it was a devastating personal loss because I felt responsible and I felt particularly terrible that someone that I thought was not qualified or temperamentally suitable to become president was going to assume that office. But I did hope that he would surprise us all and would grow into it.”
On the allegations made on Donald Trump, she said;
“You hear him on tape admitting sexual assault. Then around a dozen women came forward with very specific stories about what he did to them, where and when, and he knocked it away as locker-room talk and a lot of people were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because he was so new on the scene. He was not someone who had been subject of years of political attacks. But he also did something which had never been experienced before in our campaigns. He, along with people that were aiding him, including the Russians, weaponised information and used social media to spread negative stories about me, to try to discourage people from voting and so it really was a new kind of campaign, and you’re right to call it a reality-TV campaign, unlike any we had seen.”
On her personal relationship with Harvey Weinstein:
“We’re going to give the money he gave to my campaign – which was not that much, it was about $16,000 to all my campaigns – to charity – although of course the money from The Clinton Foundation already goes to charity. I think though it’s important to recognise that we’ve got Donald Trump who ended up in the White House admitting to sexual assault and groping and everything he was talking about. And in it he said, you might recall, ‘When you’re a star you can get away with anything,’ in talking about the way he treated women. We can’t let the spotlight be on one man’s terrible, appalling behaviour – we’ve got to make it clear that we are not tolerating this behaviour from anybody.”