Shattered - Inside Hillary Clintons Doomed Campaign
Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen
Contributed by Marshall Raine
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Chapter 16
Summary

Allen and Parnes begin this chapter by discussing how the personal life of a Clinton confidant affected her campaign (Allen and Parnes 255). The infidelity of Huma Abedin’s husband was all over the media, and it came at a bad time for Clinton. It reminded people of her own husband’s, or Bill’s, infidelity — which came as a double tragedy for her. There was no doubt that Huma Abedin had to leave the campaign, as she was becoming more of a liability than an asset. As if these troubles were not enough, Clinton went ahead to call Trump’s supporters a basket of deplorable people that could not be redeemed, where — naturally — the Republicans used this comment to their full advantage (Allen and Parnes 267). It ultimately energized active Trump supporters, and those others who hated her. Earlier that day, she had been diagnosed by her physician with pneumonia, and later fainted at an event where she was taken away before addressing the public (Allen and Parnes 269). The campaign did not immediately communicate what had happened to the media, which later found out through a video that showed Clinton being taken away (Allen and Parnes 270).

Analysis

In this chapter, the authors are cementing their earlier assertion that Clinton was the biggest problem to her campaign, as well as how other things also seemed to work against her (for example, the infidelity of Abedin’s husband). Most of the things she did or did not do greatly damaged her reputation, including the lack of communicating a vision to her voters, ill-advised comments about Trump supporters, and the lack of transparency being constantly demonstrated. She could have advised her campaign staffers of her condition, but she chose not to. Unfortunately, this damaged her credibility even further.

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