On election night, while the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were still uncalled, Hillary Clinton was hesitant to concede. But one phone call persuaded her to do just that…and the call was from President Barack Obama.
According to a new book about the election, written by Amie Parnes, The Hill’s senior White House correspondent, and Jonathan Allen, cite three Clinton 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.