‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’

New book by Amy Chozick chronicles Hillary Clinton's campaign
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2018 2:34 PM CDT
A file photo of Hillary Clinton on Nov. 16, 2016.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) New York Times reporter Amy Chozick has a new book on Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election, and one anecdote in particular from it was getting attention on Friday. It's from election night, when Chozick writes in Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling that it finally became clear somebody had to break the news to Clinton that she was going to lose to Donald Trump. The task fell to "Robby Mook, the drained and deflated campaign manager," per an excerpt in the Times. And when he finally did so, Clinton "didn't seem all that surprised," writes Chozick. Then the key Clinton quote: "'I knew it. I knew this would happen to me,' she said, now within a couple of inches of Mr. Mook’s ashen face. 'They were never going to let me be president.'"

The Daily Beast has more on the book, including what would have been the "nut graf" of the Times story on a Clinton victory under the six-column headline "Madam President." The paragraph would have begun, “No one in modern politics, male or female, has had to withstand more indignities, setbacks and cynicism." And it would have ended: "But if she was guarded about her feelings and opinions, she believed it was in careful pursuit of a dream for generations of Americans: the election of the country’s first woman president.” The Washington Post review of the book details Chozick's recollection of dealing with sexism from male Clinton staffers. And it has a quibble: "Unfortunately, too much of the book is devoted to Chozick’s worrying and whining—'Jesus did I whine'—about her status at the Times," writes Carlos Lozada.

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