The former presidential candidates new book, What Happened, tries to come to terms with her election defeat and likens Trump to the dystopian classic
Hillary Clinton employs her new memoir to draw parallels between Donald Trump’s” war on truth” and the Soviet Union and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
” Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism ,” the defeated presidential candidate writes in What Happened, published under Tuesday.” This is what the Soviets did when they erased political protesters from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic fiction Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four thumbs and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner assures five thumbs as ordered .”
The goal is to construct you question logic and and reason and to sow mistrust, Clinton writes.” For Trump, as with so much he does, it’s about simple dominance .”
She argues that Trump has taken” the war against truth” to a whole new level.” If he stood up tomorrow and declared that the Globe is flat, his counselor Kellyanne Conway might just go on Fox News and defend it as an’ alternative fact ,’ and too many people would believe it .”
The cathartic 469 -page memoir is heartfelt, honest and at times funny as it tries to come to grips with Clinton’s personally and politically catastrophic defeat last November. She identifies many reasons, including racism, sexism, the late intervention of the FBI and her own mistakes.
She writes:” I was operating a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly constructed alliances, while Trump was running a reality Tv show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ fury and rancor. I was devoting speeches laying out how to solve the country’s problems. He was ranting on Twitter .”
Clinton peppers the book with insults aimed at Trump. These include:” a clear and present danger to the country and the world “;” he’d remade himself from tabloid rascal into right-wing crank “;” for Trump, if everyone’s down in the dirt with him, then he’s no dirtier than anyone else “;” he had no ideological core apart from his towering self-regard, which blotted out all hope of learn or growing “.
Clinton also presents little affection for her contender for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, identifying him as another causal factor in her defeat.” His attacks caused lasting damage, inducing it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s’ Crooked Hillary’ campaign. I don’t know if that bothered Bernie or not .”
Clinton was hammered by both Sanders and Trump over her paying speeches to Wall street. She acknowledges these were a “mistake”, explaining:” Just because many former government officials have been paid large fees to give speeches, I shouldn’t have assumed it was OK for me to do it. Especially after the financial crisis of 2008 -0 9, I should have realise it would be bad’ optics’ and bided away from anything having to do with Wall street. I didn’t. That’s on me .”
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