Clinton calls Trump inauguration speech ‘a cry from the white nationalist gut'
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE ripped President Trump's inauguration speech in an interview on Sunday, labeling the address "a cry from the white nationalist gut."

Clinton's comments come during a national debate over white nationalism and Trump's popularity with white supremacists and other hate groups. 

She said in a new interview that she has long believed Trump's statements are inflammatory to the far right. The former first lady also said she debated going to Trump's January inauguration at all.


"You know, after the first of the year, I had a big decision to make. Was I going to go to the inauguration?" Clinton told Jane Pauley on "CBS Sunday Morning."

"But I'm a former first lady, and former presidents and first ladies show up," she continued.

"It's part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government. And so there I was, on the platform, you know, feeling like an out-of-body experience. And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut," she said. 

In the speech, Trump took aim at the U.S. political class and and depicted the U.S. as a country that was struggling lead in a dangerous world.

"This American carnage stops right here and right now," he said. 

The president's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon and adviser Stephen Miller reportedly wrote the speech. 

Clinton went on to criticize the address as more divisive than unifying. 

"What an opportunity to say, 'Okay, I'm proud of my supporters, but I'm the president of all Americans.' That's not what we heard at all," she told Pauley. 

The interview comes days before the release of Clinton's new book, "What Happened."

Clinton offers her account of the 2016 campaign in the book, and gives a candid reflection of her surprise loss to Trump. 

The former nominee takes responsibility for the loss, identifying several self-inflicted wounds by her campaign, but also points to external factors such as the federal probe into her use of a private email server as secretary of State as well as alleged Russian election meddling. 

Clinton also openly questions the actions of former President Obama and former Vice President Biden.