- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2017

Hillary Clinton admits she “really tried to get out of going” to President Trump’s inauguration.

The former first lady and failed Democratic presidential nominee said on BBC One’s “The Graham Norton Show” that she asked the remaining former presidents if they were going to the Jan. 20 inauguration in an effort to justify not showing up herself.

“I really tried to get out of going,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We thought ‘OK, maybe others aren’t going.’”

She explained that it’s tradition for former presidents and first ladies to attend a presidential inauguration, regardless of party, to show “support” and “continuity of our government.”

“We called the Bushes, and the elder Bushes were in the hospital, which I think was legitimate,” she said, causing the audience to laugh. “And so then, we called the younger Bushes and they said ‘yeah, we’re going.’ We called the Carters, and they said ‘yeah, we’re going,’ so Bill and I looked at each other and we said, ‘We gotta go.’ “

Mrs. Clinton went on to call Mr. Trump’s inauguration speech “dark” and “divisive,” taking a line from her new book that it was a “cry from the white nationalist gut.”

“I wanted him to rise to the occasion of being our president and being the president for everybody, not just people who supported him. That didn’t happen,” Mrs. Clinton said. “I was so disappointed. Really so, so sad that it wasn’t an outreach, it was a narrowing and a hammering of what he had said before.”

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