Hillary Clinton lamented that “they were never going to let me be president” on election night in 2016, a new book detailing her White House bids claims.
The Daily Beast obtained book excerpts of “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.”
The book reportedly references Clinton’s September 2016 comments — she said that half of Trump supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables.” The comments were reportedly not the first, as “Hillary always broke down Trump supporters into three baskets,” New York Times reporter Amy Chozick’s book claimed, according to The Daily Beast.
The first group was allegedly made up of Republican supporters who didn’t like Clinton and would always vote along party lines, the outlet said.
Basket No. 2 reportedly included what Clinton allegedly described as those “who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens in their lives and their futures.”
And Basket No. 3 was reportedly made up of “deplorables,” which allegedly included “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it,” the outlet said.
The book also claimed that of the multiple candidates vying for the GOP nomination, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reportedly concerned the Clintons the most, The Daily Beast said.
In the early stages of the presidential race, Trump was reportedly not perceived by the campaign as a threat, but rather as somewhat of a competitor to rally behind, The Beast said. That line of thinking reportedly continued even as he gained popularity.
“An agenda for an upcoming campaign meeting sent by [Campaign Manager] Robby Mook’s office asked, ‘How do we maximize Trump?’” Chozick reportedly wrote, according to The Beast.
After Trump scored the Republican nomination, the Clinton camp reportedly worked toward improving her popularity, the cited book excerpts claimed.
According to the book, during one conversation on the subject, Clinton reportedly said, “You know, I am getting pretty tired of hearing about how nobody likes me.”
And on election night in November, The Daily Beast said Chozick wrote that when Mook was allegedly tasked with notifying Clinton of the results, she reportedly replied: “I knew it. I knew this would happen to me …” the Daily Beast said.
“They were never going to let me be president,” Clinton was reportedly quoted as saying.
In a statement to Fox News, a former campaign staffer who saw an early copy of the book said, “The challenge on the campaign was that you had a reporter holding the Clintons to a higher standard through a lower standard of reporting.”
“Amy was not always an honest broker, and this book seems to be more of the same,” they continued. “It ridicules people with a smile, contributing little to the public discourse.”
The book will be released on Tuesday.
Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.