Hillary Clinton opens up about the moment she realized she lost


Hillary Clinton opens up about the moment she realized she lost
  1. Hillary Clinton opens up about the moment she realized she lost
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    Clinton's new book, "What Happened," was released this…
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Hillary Clinton was “sure” that she was going to win the 2016 presidential election, saying she didn’t realize it wasn’t going her way until election night, she told “The View” this morning.

The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate said she thought that the race “was going to be a close, hard-fought campaign” but that she would come out on top.

Asked if she cried the night of the election, Clinton said no.

“No, we didn’t cry that night,” she said, referring to her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton explained her reaction stemmed from a need to “be strong for my family and my friends and my supporters.”

She said that an Oct. 29 letter from then–FBI Director James Comey to congressional committee chairs about reopening an investigation into her emails cost her the election.

“I would’ve won but for Jim Comey’s letter,” Clinton said.

“That stopped my momentum, and it really caused enough people to move away from me. Some moved to Trump. Some moved to third parties. Some didn’t vote. The net effect was pretty clear,” she said.

Clinton’s appearance on “The View” comes a day after her latest book, “What Happened,” went on sale.

Taking on the Trump administration

Responding to remarks about the book that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made during Tuesday’s press briefing, Clinton said, “I honestly don’t pay much attention to what she says.”

“Unfortunately — and I don’t say this with any glee — I’m sad about it. We’re not getting the kind of information from this White House that we should,” she said.

PHOTO: Hillary Clinton appears on The View, Sept. 13, 2017.ABC Hillary Clinton appears on "The View," Sept. 13, 2017.

Clinton added that she believes in continuing to give Donald Trump “a chance to lead,” as she said in her concession speech, but that didn’t stop her from criticizing his performance thus far.

“I’m very disappointed in what I’ve seen so far,” she said. “I also hope that there can be a greater understanding of what it means to be president for the entire country.”

She specifically criticized Trump’s handling of the threat from and rising tensions with North Korea, saying that it is “a very serious issue” and that the U.S. needs to be working with other countries in the region, such as South Korea, Japan and China.

“It doesn’t help for the president on Twitter to insult South Korea ... That’s not useful,” she said.

Weighing in on the investigation into Russian meddling

Clinton said she adamantly supports the investigations into Russian interference in the election, saying, “There’s a lot to investigate.”

“There’s a lot of smoke, and whether or not there’s fire, we need to figure it out,” she said. “There is no denying that the Russians interfered in the election, whether or not they had willing …

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