Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign was a disaster in every sense of the word, according to a new book by political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.
Instead of a smooth and easy road to the White House, the Clinton campaign found itself plagued from the get-go by infighting, pessimism and dysfunction, according to the dozens of insiders interviewed for "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign."
This was before Clinton even got to the general election.
When she faced off against then-GOP nominee Donald Trump, things actually got worse for the former secretary of state.
"Shattered," which comes out Tuesday, goes through the blow-by-blow of the Clinton campaign, cataloging each misstep and miscalculation in an attempt to figure out how she managed to lose the election to a political neophyte and outsider.
Here are the 14 most amazing inside details about Clinton's failed 2016 presidential campaign, according to Allen and Parnes:
1. Hillary Clinton had a Trumpian attitude toward leaks from her 2008 campaign that she looked to shut them down as much as possible in 2016. After she lost the 2008 nomination fight to Obama, she had campaign hands fork over the main campaign server in order to conduct an "honest accounting" of what went wrong over the past year and a half.
"So she instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign's server and download the messages sent and received by top staffers," the book reports. "She believed her campaign had failed her — not the other way around — and she wanted 'to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who,' said a source familiar with the operation."
2. A well-known candidate who was very much averse to media, Clinton and her campaign had a mix-up when it came to who she would sit down with for her first live national television interview. CNN's Brianna Keilar won the interview, but that was not who Clinton meant to ask for.
"In May, as Bernie was starting to campaign in earnest and it was becoming clear that the press wouldn't let the e-mail story go, Hillary's aides began planning her first national interview of the campaign, a chance to strike back at the widely held perception that she was hiding from the press," Allen and Parnes report. "Palmieri asked Abedin to find out which newscaster Hillary would prefer, and the answer that came back was 'Brianna.' That meant CNN's Brianna Keilar, and Palmieri worked to set up a live interview on CNN. Only it turned out that Hillary had said 'Bianna'—as in Bianna Golodryga of Yahoo! News, the wife of former Clinton administration economic aide Peter Orszag. By the time the mistake was realized, it was too late to pull back."
3. While her campaign had put many eggs in the basket that was the Iowa caucuses, Clinton herself was convinced only months beforehand that she would lose the state to Bernie Sanders. She made the revelation to Matt Paul, the campaign's Iowa state director after she delivered her victory speech at Drake University on caucus night after he bemoaned to her and husband Bill Clinton that she didn't win the state by more.
"I wish it would have been more," he told the couple.
"Don't let anybody ever tell you that she didn't win," Bill said.
"In August, I was certain we were going to lose," Hillary said.
4. Bill Clinton is still "Slick Willy" in many ways, including how he still has a tendency to speak about women in "less than respectful terms," as Allen and Parnes write. The revelation and example made are mentioned after Donald Trump began tweeting about the former president and his "PENCHANT FOR SEXISM."
Like Trump, Bill sometimes talked about women in less-than-respectful terms — but he tended to do so in private settings. In June 2014, as Bill was getting ready to speak at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, mentioned to him and a small group of his aides that she was going to see the Rolling Stones in Europe."
"Mick Jagger used to give my mother-in-law wet dreams," Bill offered.
5. Two key Clinton staffers, campaign manager Robby Mook and Marlon Marshall, had a system for placating the candidate and her closest advisers: They'd do just enough to make it look like they were following orders to a T. In reality, they often ignored directives and acted on their own.
For example, after Clinton lost Michigan to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the Democratic primary, Mook and Marshall hired just enough staffers for the five states in the upcoming March 15 primaries to make it look like they were doing something in response to losing the Great Lake State. But they never actually deviated from the set campaign strategy.
Mook and Marshall "were the professionals, and Clintonworld was full of backseat drivers who didn't understand modern campaigning. Their strategy risked further enraging Hillary if she lost a state she should win, but they were confident in the merits of their plan," Allen and Parnes wrote.
6. After listening to weeks of complaints and second-guessing her own decisions, Clinton reportedly lost confidence in Mook.
She stopped speaking directly to her campaign manager by the end of February 2016.
7. Also that same month, Mook and campaign chairman John Podesta were "in all but open warfare."
The two apparently didn't see eye-to-eye on strategy, and Podesta simply didn't trust Mook. Podesta was also furious that Mook had left him out of the loop on several major campaigning decisions, including "budgets, analytics data, and staffing in states."
8. "Who gives a fuck about Chris Van Hollen?" Clinton asked ahead of the April 26 Maryland primary.
She asked this after she was told then-Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., had asked the local unions not to drive black voters to the polls. Van Hollen, who is now a senator, was facing a tough race against an African-American woman, and he was reportedly afraid that a large number of black voters at the polls would mean a defeat for him. Clinton was furious that the local unions were on board with Van Hollen's alleged request.
"What the fuck are we going to do to fix this?" she added.
The Van Hollen campaign denied that they tried to drive down the African-American vote.
9. As Trump continued to dominate the GOP primary, a longtime Clinton aide circulated a memo warning he could defeat her in the general election.
"FACT: Donald Trump can defeat Hillary Clinton and become the 45th President of the United States," it read, adding Hillary should not, "underestimate his capacity to draw people to the polls who normally do not vote. [It] could tip the scales in key states (and put certain states in play that would otherwise be more safe Democratic)."
In reference to the polls, the same adviser added, "I'd routinely add three or four points to whatever they say about his support."
The warning was, of course, ignored by Clinton's campaign, which continued to rely heavily on its data models.
10. In July 2016, Clinton and her team tried hard to keep as far as they could from then-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in hot water over leaked emails showing she worked to tip the Democratic primary against Sanders.
In South Florida, where Clinton and company were preparing to announce Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her vice presidential running mate, Podesta tried to talk Wasserman Schultz into not going on stage. It didn't work.
11. Clinton's team asked Sanders during the general election if he would do an ad for their candidate. The senator agreed, but he refused to use the "I'm with her" tagline.
"It's so phony," he said.
Clinton's team ultimately didn't air the ad because, ironically enough, it felt phony.
12. For Clinton's debate prep, the campaign actually considered using former congressman Anthony Weiner to play the role of Trump.
Weiner is the now-estranged husband of Clinton's longtime aide and confidant, Huma Abedin. The former congressman is known best for his various sex scandals, including one that helped revive Clinton's email scandal during the general election.
13. Early in the morning on Nov. 9, Clinton apologized to Obama for losing the election to Trump.
"I'm sorry," she said.
The president had spoken to her twice that evening as part of a larger campaign to get her to concede to Trump.
14. Clinton pushed back that morning against aides who advised her to fight to the bitter end. She said she wanted to bow out gracefully.
"Other people will criticize him. That's their job. I have done it. I just lost, and that is that," she said. "That was my last race."