A new book about the 2016 presidential campaign season is revealing the truth about the former secretary of State — and it isn’t pretty.
The book, Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling, was written by Amy Chozick, a New York Times journalist who covered Hillary Clinton during the campaign. According to Chozick, Clinton unleashed on her staff in a foul-mouthed rant during a debate prep session in 2016, when she reportedly ranted about her struggles with appearing “authentic” to voters and laced into Donald Trump, who she called “disgusting” in between f-bombs.
“You want authentic, here it is!” Clinton reportedly yelled, before melting down into what Chozick called a “f***-laced fusillade about what a ‘disgusting’ human being Trump was and how he didn’t deserve to even be in the arena.”
According to Chozick’s book, Clinton’s staff knew that their boss sometimes needed to lash out on them before a debate to calm down. According to Chozick, “Aides understood that in order to keep it all together onstage, Hillary sometimes needed to unleash on them in private.”
But the book doesn’t stop there: Chozick also chronicles Clinton’s efforts to beat her own inauthentic image. According to Chozick, Clinton would reportedly rehearse empathetic body language to appear more relatable to debate questioners.
“Hillary would take a couple of steps toward the questioner, make eye contact, empathize,” Chozick wrote.
According to The Guardian, Chozick even dedicates three pages to discussing the campaign’s struggle to settle on an authentic-sounding slogan. The campaign considered some 84 slogans that they discarded, including, “You’ve earned a fair chance,” and, “No quit.”
The campaign also reportedly struggled with handling then-candidate Trump’s attacks on his adversary over the rape allegations against her husband. Chozick wrote that Clinton “erupted” when she reported in January 2016 that Clinton supporter and entertainer Lena Dunham was disturbed “by how, in the 1990s, the Clintons and their allies discredited women” who had accused Clinton of assault.
Deplorables comments “always got a laugh”
Chozick spends most of her book recounting some of the most disturbing parts of the Clinton campaign, many of which were previously unknown to the public. According to the journalist, Clinton often joked about “deplorables” with friends in private, and her wisecracks were a big hit at parties in the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard.
“The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha’s Vineyard, over passed hors d’oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley,” Chozick wrote.
This allegation makes it clear that Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” comment was not a one-off remark, but rather, part of an ironic classification of Trump voters. Clinton broke Trump supporters down into “three baskets,” writes Chozick: Republican loyalists, the economically depressed, and bigots.
Chozick further described these “baskets” in Clinton’s terms:
Basket #1: The Republicans who hated her and would vote Republican no matter who the nominee.
Basket #2: Voters whose jobs and livelihoods had disappeared, or as Hillary said, “who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens in their lives and their futures.”
Basket #3: The Deplorables. This basket includes “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.”
“I really messed up,’ [Clinton] told aides that night,” Chozick wrote of the evening after Clinton’s “Deplorables” comment went public. Clinton even reportedly told a friend at one point, “Oh what’s the point? They’re never going to like me.”
But what the former secretary of State fails to realize is that it was more than just her comments that made her an unfavorable candidate. Clinton once said during a debate with Trump that she had a “public and a private position” on Wall Street. Now, it looks like that personality split runs deeper than we thought.