Hillary Clinton didn’t take her election defeat well. Not initially, at least.
Appearing for the first time in public since her concession speech (if one discounts the photo of her hiking), Hillary Clinton spoke of how the election has shook her to the core. As reported by The Washington Examiner:
“There have been a few times this week where all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book or the dogs and never leave the house again,” Clinton said at the Newseum gala in Washington, D.C., where she was honored for her work and contribution to child advocacy.
Clinton also had soothing words for the disquieted party faithful, and a message to ‘never give up’:
“The divisions laid bare by this election run deep. But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values, and never, ever give up.”
Reports have surfaced of how utterly distraught she was on election night. After the shock of losing Florida and other key swing states had set in, she reportedly flew into a rage.
Perennial Clinton critic R. Emmett Tyrell claims she suffered a meltdown, according to a purported Secret Service source:
Sources have told The American Spectator that on Tuesday night, after Hillary realized she had lost, she went into a rage. Secret Service officers told at least one source that she began yelling, screaming obscenities, and pounding furniture. She picked up objects and threw them at attendants and staff. She was in an uncontrollable rage. Her aides could not allow her to come out in public. It would take her hours to calm down. As has been reported for years, her violent temper got the best of her. Talk about having a temperament ill-suited for having access to the atomic bomb. So Podesta went out and gave his aimless speech.
Regardless of the veracity of that poignant and utterly believable vignette (given Hillary Clinton’s voluminous stack of such anecdotes about her temper, disputed as they may be), the fact remains that she cancelled her concession speech after the election results had made her defeat stunningly clear.
Instead, Clinton sent out campaign chair John Podesta, a key interlocutor featured in the WikiLeaks hacked emails, of course, all of this subject to further revelation as nothing more than campaign season scuttlebutt and Russian shenanigans.
Podesta would tell the Hillary faithful, lying in wait for a fireworks show that was never to come, that the race was “too close to call” and to “go home.” Clinton would make the difficult speech later on that day.