Former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton expressed in her book What Happened, released Tuesday, her annoyance when people asked her why she wanted to launch a presidential campaign.
“In short, I thought I’d be a damn good President,” she wrote in the book. “Still, I never stopped getting asked, ‘Why do you want to be President? Why? But, really-why?’ The implication was that there must be something else going on, some dark ambition and craving for power.”
The former presidential candidate added that even after many people expected her to run in 2016, she questioned her decision to run for office.
“Nobody psychoanalyzed Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, or Bernie Sanders about why they ran. It was just accepted as normal. But for me, it was regarded as inevitable — people assumed I’d run no matter what — yet somehow abnormal, demanding a profound explanation,” Clinton wrote.
Clinton blamed what she says is others’ questioning her decision to run on her being a woman and her leadership style.
“Maybe it’s because I’m a woman, and we’re not used to women running for President. Maybe it’s because my style of leadership didn’t fit the times. Maybe it’s because I never explained myself as bluntly as this,” Clinton wrote.
In another section of the book, Clinton also blamed her loss on young women who decided not to vote for her.
“Since November, more than two dozen women — of all ages, but mostly in their twenties — had approached me in restaurants, theaters, and stores to apologize for not voting or not doing more to help my campaign,” she writes. “I responded with forced smiles and tight nods.”