Despite Book Title, Some Say Clinton Refuses To Admit 'What Happened' In November

As Hillary Clinton returns to the airwaves to promote her new book about the 2016 election, “What Happened,” the former First Lady’s personal account of her defeat by President Donald Trump is reigniting controversy across the political spectrum about why she lost, who to blame, and indeed, what exactly happened last November.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who has worked on failed presidential campaigns, said he understands the frustration Clinton feels after a brutal loss, but launching a national book tour is not how candidates typically handle the disappointment.

“She’s basically on a victimhood tour,” O’Connell said. “If she whines any more, she might actually get a year’s supply of cheese.”

Although Clinton has repeatedly said in the book and in interviews that she takes responsibility for her mistakes, Gregg Jarrett of Fox News counted at least 43 factors besides her own campaign that she lays blame on at various points in the 469-page tome.

“She’s named everything from Russia to Netflix,” O’Connell said. “At some point, you need to own up to your role in it.”

Read more from Stephen Loiaconi at WJLA

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