Barack Obama had to call Hillary Clinton to tell her to concede on election night. Obama called after Trump won Pennsylvania after midnight.
Hillary wasn’t ready to concede.
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There are reports that Hillary became physically violent and tore into her campaign managers Robby Mook and John Podesta late that night.
The Hill reported:
President Barack Obama called Hillary Clinton to persuade her to concede the White House on election night, according to a forthcoming book on Clinton’s defeat.
Authors Amie Parnes, The Hill’s senior White House correspondent, and Jonathan Allen cite three Clintonworld sources familiar with the election-night request in the unreleased book from Crown Publishing.
“You need to concede,” Obama told his former secretary of State as she, her family, and her top aides continued to watch results trickle in from the key Rust Belt states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The latter state, called after 1:30 a.m. by The Associated Press, was the clear tipping point for the White House race, ensuring Trump would crest over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed to win.
Clinton ultimately heeded Obama’s advice and called Trump to acknowledge her defeat in the early morning hours Wednesday.
White House officials did not immediately return requests for comment Friday.