Clinton: No ‘Absolution’ for the Women Who Didn’t Vote for Me


Hillary Clinton revealed in an interview Wednesday that she was not willing to grant "absolution" to women who told her that they didn't vote for her in 2016.

Clinton gave an interview to CNN's Anderson Cooper, aired the day after the release of her new tell-all about the 2016 election What Happened.

"You have a lot of people since inauguration day, in the last eight months, coming up to you, women coming up to you with their daughter and saying, ‘my daughter didn't go out to vote,' and sort of wanting absolution from that," Cooper said.

"That's happened to me," Clinton said. "What's more common are people bursting into tears, welling up. I had a lot of that at my book signing yesterday."

"Do you give absolution to women who didn't vote?" Cooper asked.

"No I don't," Clinton said.

Clinton explained that it was very "hard" for her to offer "comfort" in the wake of her historic loss to President Donald Trump.

"When it first started happening it was so soon after the election, and the election was so bizarre and close. It was hard for me to, you know comfort somebody who was coming to me and saying, ‘oh, I wish I'd done more,' or ‘I'm sorry I didn't vote.' Because I think this was one of the most consequential elections that we have faced in a long time," she said.

"So no absolution," Clinton reiterated. "But of course I just hope people will take what happened this time seriously and being ready and willing to vote the next time."

Charles Fain Lehman

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