Hillary Clinton is about to embark on a wide-ranging tour to promote her new book, which will attempt to explain her surprising loss to Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. The name of that book? “What Happened.”
“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,” the book’s introduction reads. “Now I’m letting my guard down.”
The former secretary of state kept a low profile in the weeks following her defeat, but Clinton has spent the past several months attending speaking engagements where she blames her loss on a variety of factors: sexism, misogyny, James Comey, WikiLeaks, and Russian meddling, for starters.
In a promo for the book released by Simon & Schuster, the publisher echoes many of Clinton’s favorite scapegoats while also promising an up-close look at the most contentious election in recent history.
“Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules,” the blurb reads.
The marketing text also promises to describe the “mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward,” all couched in “humor and candor.”
Clinton – who once claimed that it would be a “direct threat to our democracy” if Trump did not “respect the results of this election” – also blamed the Democratic National Committee for providing her with bad polling numbers and poor data, former President Barack Obama for serving two terms, and the ever-present bugbear that is fake news.