Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway is getting a kick out of former President Barack Obama’s new biography, which claims he blamed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election loss on her “soulless campaign,” and she made sure to crack a joke at her boss’ predecessor’s expense.
The New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker recently released a book called “Obama: The Call of History” in which he details the former president’s reaction to his secretary of state’s shocking loss to President Trump. According to the book, Obama took it as a “personal insult.”
On Friday, Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter to share a report on the book and couldn’t resist taking a jab at Clinton and Obama.
“More trouble in paradise,” she wrote. “Former President Barack Obama was unhappy with Hillary Clinton and her failed ‘soulless campaign’ in 2016, saying he saw her loss as a ‘personal insult.’”
As Baker wrote, Obama thought there was “no way Americans would turn on him” and that “[h]is legacy, he felt, was in safe hands.” He reportedly faulted Clinton’s “scripted, soulless campaign” for not turning his presidency and legacy into a winning message for voters.
Here is an excerpt from the book that explains his astonishment: “Obama may not have been on the ballot, but it was hard not to see the vote as a ‘personal insult,’ as he had called it on the campaign trail. ‘This stings,’ [Obama] said. ‘This hurts.’”
Baker also claims that he was stunned that the public “decided to replace him with a buffoonish showman whose calling cards had been repeated bankruptcies, serial marriages and racist dog whistles.” He also claims the former president kept a cool demeanor in public but sounded off about Donald Trump’s win in private.
After once seething to his former speechwriter Ben Rhodes, who told him that Trump “peddles in bulls**t,” he allegedly said, “Maybe that’s the best we can hope for.”