The New York Times has an in-depth piece out today that examines how Hillary Clinton went from insisting she had nothing to apologize for in regards to her use of a private email server as Secretary of State to delivering an unequivocal apology to ABC News’ David Muir this past Tuesday.
Included in the article is this passage that contains some insight into the position that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, took on the question of whether she owed the American people an apology or not for her actions:
Those frustrations came to a head during Mrs. Clinton’s late August vacation in the Hamptons, where she and former President Bill Clinton took walks on the beach, socialized and raised money for her campaign.
Mr. Clinton was adamant that his wife, who is not accused of breaking any laws or rules, had nothing to apologize for, according to people he spoke to. But he also repeatedly urged her aides to try harder to explain Mrs. Clinton’s actions to voters in a way that would persuade them she had done nothing wrong.
A number of her friends, meanwhile, separately suggested to Mrs. Clinton during the vacation that she needed to change her approach.
With her husband on one side and members of her staff on the other, the Times’ Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick posit that Clinton was left “heavily relying on her own instincts,” which, “over a tumultuous lifetime in politics, have repeatedly guided her toward digging in, not giving in, when under attack.”
This time, Clinton did ultimately decide to give in and apologize. But while she may have hoped that apology would make the issue go away, that has not been the case thus far.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders continues to close the gap with Clinton nationally and even overtake her in a recent Iowa poll. Yet it is important to keep in mind that no major Democratic polls have been released that were conducted after her apology.
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