Hillary Clinton has claimed that Matt Lauer’s questioning of her during an election special was so biased that ‘Donald Trump should have reported his performance as a contribution in kind,’ her new book reveals.
The former Democratic Presidential candidate said that NBC host ‘turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush’.
Clinton said that she ‘fantasized about shaking some sense into Lauer’ but held her tongue.
Clinton went on the attack in her new memoir, What Happened, her account of her loss to Donald Trump.
In the book she claims that no living former president likes Trump, meaning he is loathed by Jimmy Carter, George H W Bush, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
The two candidates took part in a ‘Commander-in-chief’ event on NBC with Lauer last September, where Clinton believed Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a ‘pointless ambush and a waste of time’
Hillary Clinton has slammed NBC’s Matt Lauer confessing she ‘fantasized about shaking some sense’ into the television host, in her new book What Happened (Pictured during a book signing on Tuesday)
The new memoir is Clinton’s most personal memoir to date and, after four decades in public life, she says she is finally ‘letting my guard down’
Such is former First Lady Michelle Obama’s dislike of Trump that during his inauguration she swapped a glance with Clinton which said: ‘Can you believe this?’
Clinton also reveals that her husband warned her that she might lose because working class Democrats thought she would take away their guns as well as force them to go to gay weddings.
What Happened is Clinton’s most personal memoir to date and, after four decades in public life, she says she is finally ‘letting my guard down’.
Over 500 pages she accepts some blame for her defeat but points the finger at, among others; the media, Russia, partisanship, sexism, gerrymandering, the FBI, its former director James Comey and, of course, Trump.
The two candidates took part in a ‘Commander-in-chief’ event on NBC with Lauer last September, two months before the election.
It was billed as a discussion of foreign policy and each candidate was interviewed by Lauer one after the other in front of a live studio audience.
In her book, Clinton said that it was ‘disappointing but predictable’ that Lauer immediately asked about the scandal over use of a private email server.
Her anger grew even more as she watched as Lauer ‘soft-pedaled’ Trump and failed to go after him as aggressively
Clinton admits she ‘fantasized about shaking some sense into Lauer’ but held her tongue
She writes that Lauer ‘wanted his pound of flesh’ and ‘made a show of grilling me’ rather than talking about serious issues.
Clinton grew frustrated that Lauer asked four follow up questions about her emails and only then changed the subject ‘after learning absolutely nothing new or interesting.’
When a Republican audience member asked why she had ‘corrupted’ national security Clinton became ‘ticked off’ because she realized that ‘NBC knew exactly what it was doing here.’
She writes: ‘Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush. What a waste of time’.
Her anger grew even more as she watched as Lauer ‘soft-pedaled’ Trump and failed to go after him as aggressively.
Clinton writes: ‘Trump should have reported his performance as a contribution in kind’.
As a former First Lady Clinton had the dubious honor of having to attend Trump’s inauguration, something she agreed to do out of respect for the office of the Presidency.
But during the ceremony as Trump talked about ‘American Carnage’ during an apocalyptic address, it became hard to contain herself.
Clinton writes: ‘At some point in the day’s proceedings Michelle (Obama) and I shared a rueful look. It said: ‘Can you believe this?’
The Democratic loser attended Donald Trump’s inauguration in January as something she agreed to do out of respect for the office of the Presidency, she says. During the ceremony she claims she and Michelle Obama shared a rueful look
Clinton describes her husband as one of the best two politicians she has ever met – the other is Barack Obama
Clinton claims that none of the former Presidents were fans of the new President and that after she lost the election Carter and George W Bush were among the first to call her.
Clinton says that she told Carter: ‘This is the worst’ to which he replied: ‘Yes it is’.
George W Bush – whose brother Jeb had been humiliated by Trump in the Republican primaries – offered to get burgers with her which she interpreted as ‘Texan for I feel your pain’
Clinton describes her husband as one of the best two politicians she has ever met – the other is Barack Obama.
Clinton describes Bill as supportive of her campaign and ‘completely unbothered having an ambitious and occasionally pushy wife’
In fact Bill gave her an early warning about the danger posed by Trump and told her bluntly: ‘You might lose’.
Bill told her about a ‘particularly troubling’ conversation he had with an old friend who lived in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas.
The friend, a store owner called Mark, said he knew the Republicans would do nothing for him but he felt the same about the Democrats.
She also admits Bill warned she could lose the election because working class Democrats thought she would take away their guns and force them to go to gay weddings (Pictured after giving her loser’s speech)
Mark said: ‘And at least the Republicans won’t do anything to us. The Democrats want to take away my gun and make me go to a gay wedding’.
On election night when it became clear that Clinton had lost North Carolina, Florida and Ohio, effectively ending the race, she and Bill were left alone in their hotel room.
She writes: ‘I hadn’t cried yet, wasn’t sure if I would. But I felt deeply and thoroughly exhausted, like I hadn’t slept in ten years.
‘We lay down on the bed and stared at the ceiling. Bill took my hand and we just lay there’.
In What Happened, Clinton also opens up about motherhood and speaks about her feelings of inadequacy when she had her daughter Chelsea in 1980.
She says that she felt ‘pretty inept’ in the beginning and when Chelsea would not stop crying and felt ‘frantic’.
Clinton writes: ‘Finally I sat down and tried to make eye contact with this squirming infant. ‘Chelsea,’ I said firmly: ‘This is new for both of us. I’ve never been a mother before, you’ve never been a baby.
‘We’re just going to have to help each other do the best we can’.
Clinton admits that being a mother was ‘very, very boring’ and she struggled with having to read children’s stories over and over again to her newborn.
Clinton wondered if she was a ‘monster’ for having such feelings about somebody she should be loving unconditionally.
She also felt guilty about bringing up Chelsea in the public eye – she spent her teens in the White House – and wondered if she had made a ‘terrible mistake subjecting her to this life’.