John McCain isn’t interested in Hillary Clinton’s account of “what happened” in the 2016 election.
In a new, wide-ranging interview with Esquire Magazine, the Arizona senator criticizes Clinton’s recent campaign memoir, What Happened, in which she reflects on her shocking loss to Donald Trump.
“You’ve got to understand that you can’t rewrite history,” McCain told Esquire. “One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: ‘I did the right thing! I did!’ ”
“The hardest thing to do is to just shut up,” he added.
McCain would know. But after losing the 2008 presidential race to Barack Obama, the senator says he focused on moving forward, rather than rehashing the past.
“What’s the f—ing point? Keep the fight up?” McCain said, later adding, “You’ve got to move on.”
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The 81-year-old senator, who is battling brain cancer, recently announced plans for his own memoir, The Restless Wave, due out in April. McCain, who will reflect on his 2008 campaign in the book, told Esquire that Clinton’s mistake was writing her memoir so soon after the election.
“History will judge that campaign, and it’s always a period of time before they do,” he said.
“This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do.”