Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says that he understands why Hillary Clinton made a decision to write her campaign memoir, âWhat Happened,â which was published in September â? 10 months after her brutal election loss to Donald Trump. But McCain, who suffered their own bitter defeat, to Barack Obama, as the Republican nominee in 2008, also knows that âyou canât rewrite history.â
âOne of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: âI did the right thing! I did!ââ McCain told Esquire magazine for an extended profile published online Sunday. âThe hardest thing to do is to just shut up.â
In âWhat Happened,â Clinton claims that the âattacksâ Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leveled at her during their Democratic primary battle âcaused lasting damage,â made it harder to âunify progressivesâ and paved just how for Trumpâs âCrooked Hillaryâ refrain.
âWhatâs the f***ing point? Keep the fight up?â McCain said of Clintonâs tome. âHistory will judge that campaign, and itâs always a period of time before they do. Youâve got to move on. This is Hillaryâs problem right now: She doesnât have anything to do.â
The 81-year-old former prisoner of war knows from experience. McCainâs 2008 run was the subject of âGame Change,â a scathing book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin that was later turned into an HBO miniseries. McCainâs campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, contributed to the book.
âListen, my own campaign manager was part of a book that trashed me,â McCain said, adding that he is focusing on his own memoir, which will touch in the ill-fated presidential run as well as their ongoing battle with cancer. McCain had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, in July.
McCainâs comments about Clintonâs book resemble those made recently by the girl 2016 opponent.
âCrooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time,â President Trump tweeted on Saturday. âShe just canât stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!â
It wasnât clear what exactly Trump was addressing. But Clinton recently suggested in order to Mother Jones that Russian federal government interference undermined the âlegitimacyâ associated with Trumpâs win.
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