Hillary Clinton had to eat humble pie twice on election night.
Democratic US Presidential nominee Clinton apologised to President Barack Obama for her bruising loss – right after calling Republican President-elect Donald Trump to offer him ‘congratulations’ according to a new book chronicling her 2016 presidential bid called Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.
‘Mr. President – I’m sorry’ she said – according to a Washington Post review of the book due out today.
The White House urged Clinton to concede as Trump claimed battleground states – some by slim margins – because Obama wanted to avoid a messy recount – according to news.com.au.
‘You need to concede’ Obama told Clinton directly – later repeating the instruction to her campaign chairman John Podesta for good measure.
The directive came after Clinton ignored previous messages from White House staff to throw in the towel.
Around 7:45 on election night when Clinton and her aides still thought they were headed to the White House- vote-counter Steve Schale told campaign officials they were going to lose the biggest battleground in the country – the Washington Post reported.
‘You’re going to come up short’ Schale said.
In that moment Bill Clinton reportedly became furious.
Hillary was stoic.
Their cocksure aides started to blame one another.