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Hillary Clinton Reveals How She Handled Inauguration Day

Ex-Democratic presidential candidate divulges her inner struggle as Donald Trump took office.

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People close to Hillary Clinton told New York Magazine that the former Democratic presidential candidate was worried she’d be unable to make it through President Trump’s inauguration without “visibly losing control.”

And when asked about the moment for the magazine’s election post-mortem, Clinton agreed.

“It was hard. It was really … difficult.”

But “at the time, we hoped that there would be a different agenda for governing than there had been for running,” Clinton told the magazine in this week’s issue.

She went on and spoke about the atmosphere at the inauguration, the writer describing a “look of disgust” crossing Clinton’s face as she remembers the speech. “It was a really painful cry to his hard-core supporters that he wasn’t changing,” she recalled. “The ‘carnage’ in our country? It was a very disturbing moment. I caught Michelle Obama’s eye, like, ‘What is going on here?’ I was sitting next to George and Laura Bush, and we have our political differences, but this was beyond any experience any of us had ever had.”

When asked about the reports that former President George W. Bush said “that was some weird s—” after the speech, Clinton’s eyes reportedly lit up.

“Put it in your article,” she said. “They tried to walk back from it, but …”

When the writer asked Clinton if she heard it herself, she reportedly raised her eyebrows and grinned.

Read full story at New York Magazine