"And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut..." she added with visible disgust.
Jane Pauley brought up the argument that Clinton energized Trump supporters with her deplorables comment.
PAULEY: What you're saying is millions of white people.
"Millions of white people, yeah".
Ms Clinton replied: "Millions of white people, yeah". And there was resentment.
"I thought a lot of his appeals to voters was deplorable".
"We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president", she added.
"Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner", she said, citing the Access Hollywood tape. And there were a large number of people who didn't care.
Clinton's Sunday appearance comes just days before her upcoming book, What Happened, becomes available for purchase. She acknowledged that on the night of the election, she hadn't prepared a concession speech because practically no one in the country thought she was going to lose. She said she felt the need to make that call because she felt that she had "let everyone down".
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She didn't go into detail about what that future involvement might address. "It was a very hard transition". I was just gobsmacked.
"Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 'did not talk about what it always stood for - and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class, '" Clinton wrote. And- you know, my share of Chardonnay.
"I am done with being a candidate", she said.
CNN purchased a copy of Clinton's book from a Jacksonville, Florida, bookstore a week before its widespread release.
"I've said it before, I'll say it again, that was my responsibility. Like, you know, 'We really don't want a woman commander-in-chief'". "Those were my decisions".
Watch the clip above, via CBS News.
But in the end, she admits that she made mistakes, including her use of the word "deplorables" to describe Trump supporters, and that "maybe I missed a few chances" during the campaign.
Despite taking much of the blame for the defeat, Clinton also named names in the book, including her former rival for the Democratic nomination, Vermont independent Sen.
Though the interview did not mention Clinton's perspective on the 2016 Democratic primary, many Democrats have privately and publicly grated at the release of the former candidate's book, noting that it reopens numerous intraparty fights that Democrats have been attempting to put behind them since the election.