Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Much has been said (and is still being said... sigh) about this contest. What caused the Democratic nominee to lose what many thought would have been a landslide victory?
Clinton's problems may have began in the primaries. She had an unexpectedly competitive race against Senator Bernie Sanders. As the race went on tensions rose and got heated at points, but the two kept it mostly cordial... seemingly.
After losing the election, Hillary Clinton disappeared. That's actually more literal than it is figurative. She was occasionally spotted in the woods, but otherwise she has kept mostly silent on her historic loss.
That is, until now. Hillary Clinton has released a book detailing her perspective on the 2016 presidential election. It is titled What Happened. Notice that isn't a question. She has a lot of opinionated answers to drop here.
One of the more explosive things to come out of the book are her true feelings on Bernie Sanders. Turns out, she's not the biggest fan of him. She feels his actions cost her the eventual race against Trump.
She drove home the notion that his ideas were unrealistic. She gave an analogy about Bernie suggesting giving America a pony. She then said by questioning how America would pay for this pony, Bernie attacked her, saying she felt America didn't deserve a pony.
She said as a result of this, she was demonized by the press and by fellow Democrats. By trying to question his proposed policies, she was seen as a mean-spirited spoilsport. This would stick with her going into the general election.
She also accused Bernie of fracturing the Democratic Party. After all, as she says, "He didn't get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House. He got in to disrupt the Democratic Party."
Clinton claimed these tactics caused lasting damage that she couldn't shake off. She couldn't unite progressives, needed to take down Trump. She was seen as tarnished by her own party, not to mention all the attacks coming from the Republicans.
She wasn't wholly slandering of Sanders. She said he was also terrified at the prospect of a Trump presidency and thanked him for campaigning for her. She was also happy he engaged so many young citizens in the political process.
Many felt Clinton was hypocritical in her complaints. She was also aggressive and accusatory in her 2008 primary race against Barack Obama. It's part of the political process, for better or worse. If John McCain had won due to faults and rumors she brought up while running against our eventual 44th president, perhaps she would have seen similar criticisms.
Regardless of what happened, this is our present reality. The Democratic Party must unite, not divide if it hopes to reclaim the presidency or any of the several seats it lost in the House and Senate. They're going to need all the support and teamwork they can muster to take on a president that wouldn't even be let into Slytherin.