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New Book: Obama Had to Push Hillary to Concede 2016 Election

19 April 2017

A stunned Hillary Clinton had to be urged repeatedly by President Barack Obama to concede defeat on election night, according to a new book recounting the campaign of the first female major party nominee.

The call with Schale marks the beginning of a riveting account of the final, awful hours of Clinton's long pursuit of the presidency, as told by reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes in their insidery new book, "Shattered".

Ever since last November's election night, millions in America and around the world have wondered what happened to Hillary Clinton, who was widely expected to become the first woman president of the United States.

She made the call to the outgoing president just minutes after phoning Mr Trump to congratulate him on his election win.

When the announcement came that Trump had won, most of the news was centered around that and what a Trump-led America would look like.

The book also claims Clinton and her team maintained their public composure throughout the politico's tumultuous 2016 campaign, but things got ugly behind closed doors.

Clinton finally succumbed to the loss with the words: "Give me the phone", according to the book. Upon hearing this, Clinton replied that attacking Trump wasn't her "job anymore".

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The calls from President Obama started after Wisconsin was called for Donald Trump.

According to the authors, if Clinton carried the blame on her own shoulders that night, it didn't take long, in the aftermath of her loss, for her to unload it on those around her - including Obama. "Why aren't they with me?" she said. "At times, Trump and Sanders would act as the right and left speakers of a stereo blaring a chorus on repeat: Hillary's a corrupt insider who has helped rig the political and economic systems in favor of the powerful".

She later had an emotional phone call with Obama where she told him she knew she had "let her country down" and that his legacy lay "shattered at Donald Trump's feet". She stopped speaking directly to her campaign manager by the end of February 2016.

"Hillary winces. She wasn't ready for this conversation" the book said.

Much of the post-election analysis has criticized Clinton and her campaign for focusing on "reach" states such as North Carolina instead of putting more resources in the upper Midwest.

"Mr President", she said softly.