White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir as a “sad” exploitation that relies on “false and reckless attacks” to increase sales during a Tuesday press conference.
Clinton’s memoir “What Happened” provides a firsthand account of her electoral defeat, replete with divisive attacks against fellow Democrats and Republicans alike.
“I would think that [Trump’s] pretty well versed on what happened and I think it’s pretty clear to all of America,” Sanders told reporters. “I think it’s sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost, the last chapter of her public life is going to be now defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks.”
Sanders: “Last chapter of [Hillary Clinton’s] public life is going to be defined by propping up book sales with false & reckless attacks” pic.twitter.com/jwABMlkCep
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 12, 2017
A number of Democratic lawmakers and Clinton allies have bemoaned the timing of the book’s release and the accompanying nationwide book tour.
Democrats are reticent to rehash the 2016 campaign failures, fearing the conversation will only deepen divides between staunch progressives and establishment Democrats at a time when they would like to appear united in opposition to the Trump administration.
One former Clinton staffer told Politico that Clinton’s book release and the resulting news cycle was her “final torture” for the party.
Clinton spent much of the book attributing her defeat to a range of factors outside of her control, including sexism, the conduct of former FBI Director James Comey and the internal ideological divide within the Democratic Party created by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive campaign.
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