Hillary Clinton was blunt when she said that she doesn’t forgive the men and women who now say they regret not voting in the 2016 election, telling CNN that she offers no absolution for their failure to get involved.
In her new memoir “What Happened,” Clinton recalls “more than two dozen women” coming up to her and apologizing for “not voting or not doing more to help my campaign.”
In a Wednesday interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper , “When it first started happening, it was so soon after the election,” she said. “It was hard for me to comfort somebody who was coming to me and saying, ‘Oh, I wish I had 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 added: “So, no absolution. But I just hope people will take what happened this time seriously and be ready and willing to vote the next time.”
Clinton writes with brutal honesty in her new book that she at times grew annoyed with people coming up to her and asking for forgiveness for not getting involved, remembering one young women whose mother forced her to “apologize for not voting.”
“I wanted to stare right in her eyes and say, ‘You didn’t vote? How could you not vote? You abdicated your responsibility as a citizen at the worst possible time! And now you want me to make you feel better?'” Clinton writes. “Of course, I didn’t say any of that.”
She adds: “These people were looking for absolution that I just couldn’t give. We all have to live with the consequences of our decisions.”