Hillary Clinton wanted to go to Donald Trump’s inauguration about as much as the rest of us wanted to watch it. On Friday, the woman who won the popular vote but was denied the presidency thanks to an outdated system that was set up to protect the power of slave states sat down with British talk show host Graham Norton and explained exactly how hard she tried to get out of being there.
Clinton explained that, traditionally, presidents and first ladies all show up to show support for the new President to ensure “continuity of our government” but she says she “really tried to get out of going.”
“We thought, maybe others aren’t going. So we called the Bushes, and the elder Bushes were in the hospital, which I think was legitimate,” Clinton said as the audience laughed.
“We call the younger Bushes, and they said, ‘Yeah, we’re going.’ We then call the Carters and they said, ‘Yeah, we’re going.’ So Bill and I looked at each other and said, ‘Well, we gotta go,’” Clinton told Norton.
“What I wanted to have happen as despite the kind of campaign he ran, I wanted him to rise to the occasion of being our president and being the president for everybody, not just people who supported him,” she said. “That didn’t happen.”
What happened was Trump delivered a “dark and divisive speech” she describes as “cry from the white nationalist’s gut.”
Watch it below:
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