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14 passages from Hillary Clinton’s new book that are straight fire
Haters gonna hate, but there’s no denying Hill can deliver a sick burn.
Hillary Clinton’s new book dropped Tuesday, and the internet had plenty to say about What Happened. Haters gonna hate. But Hillary’s no stranger to haters, as those who plunged into her reflections on the 2016 election soon found out.
The book is chock full of gems and zingers. From deep wisdom, to sick burns, to cheeky pop culture references, Hillary keeps the hits coming.
Let us share some of the internet’s favorite moments from the book.
For starters, there’s this perfect skewering of Jason Chafetz, or as Hillary calls him, “wannabe Javert.”
Folks.......the Hillary book.........it's good pic.twitter.com/L9AhOczmo0— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 12, 2017
Then there’s that moment when she calls Trump a filthy pig, while sharing a bit of wisdom from Bill.
The best part of "What Happened" so far pic.twitter.com/8LJVhawZ2c— Jessica Stanley (@dailydoseofjess) September 13, 2017
Hillary also lets us in on some secrets. For one, she’s a “lifelong fan of school supplies.”
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And she, too, lived off of chicken nuggets on the campaign trail.
Some secrets are more somber and sobering. Remember all those grinning selfies with women in the Chappaqua woods? Adoring supporters weren’t the only ones who approached Hillary post-election. A handful of women also approached Hillary to say how sorry they were that they hadn’t supported. And, in her typical no nonsense fashion, Hillary had a hard time feeling sorry for them.
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Oh, and if you’ve crossed Hillary, you better believe she’s got you on her list.
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Hillary doesn’t forget.
But Hillary shares more than sharp observations and cutting remarks. She also recalls the Women’s March fondly.
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And waxes poetic about the pains of humility.
She shares her admiration for how her mother broke a cycle of abuse to form a loving, nurturing home.
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Hillary also shares some of her own favorite inspirational quotes. And they are powerful stuff.
Like when she quotes Nietzsche and Kelly Clarkson at the same damn time.
This is a real page from the Hillary book pic.twitter.com/RksLsw4mKc— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 12, 2017
She draws wisdom from historic feminists like Eleanor Roosevelt.
Hillary Clinton's new book is not actually a book about running for president. It's actually a book for every single woman who has been knocked down, told she can't, told she shouldn't. It's inspiring and funny and full of love, and it stands on the shoulders of women who have come before. Read it. #whathappened
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And Harriet Tubman.
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There’s a poetic echo of Tubman’s advice in this quote from poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
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And this inspirational gem from A League of Their Own.
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Hillary urges us to look at the dark underbelly of misogyny.
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And while she knows there are plenty of people who would like her to give up, and stop talking…
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…Hillary reminds us repeatedly that trying again and again with no promise of success is something we’re obligated to do.
This book is fucking me up and I'm just gonna be very public about it. pic.twitter.com/7tkzKrMLj2— Bowen Yang (@bowenyang) September 12, 2017
In the end, Hillary’s book is about more than a run for the presidency. It’s about life and all the obstacles it throws our way and having the courage to keep going.
And that, ladies and gents, is straight fire.
Nayomi Reghay is a frequent contributor to the Daily Dot, covering body positivity, feminism, sex, relationships, and gender. She is also the author of the advice column “Swipe This!” A former New York Teaching Fellow, her writing has been featured in Reductress, Rolling Stone, Mic, Someecards, and more.