Clinton highlighted areas that make her feel like "democracy is in crisis".
Clinton complained that Trump was a racist who was destroying American democracy.
But she said the target always is American democracy, "and right now, our democracy is in crisis".
Having essentially forfeited easy wins in the Rust Belt, Clinton is now resigned to blaming Trump and the irreparably confused and (probably) intellectually unsound American electorate for the apocalypse she believes has ensued. The administration's malevolence may be constrained on some fronts - for now - by its incompetence.
Trump "promised to 'drain the swamp, '" she said, so "it's fantastic how blithely the president and his Cabinet have piled up conflicts of interest, abuses of power, and blatant violations of ethics rules", not to mention attacks on truth itself.
Clinton lists "five main fronts of this assault on our democracy": an "assault on the rule of law"; "the legitimacy of our elections is in doubt"; "the president is waging war on truth and reason"; "Trump's breathtaking corruption"; "Trump undermines the national unity that makes democracy possible". We need to do everything we can to fight back.
The essay doesn't include any surprising criticisms of the man who defeated her to win the 2016 presidential election, although the intensity of her attacks is elevated as midterms approach. Whether it was abusing the filibuster and stealing a Supreme Court seat, gerrymandering congressional districts to disenfranchise African Americans, or muzzling government climate scientists, Republicans were undermining American democracy long before Trump made it to the Oval Office.
She also complained that Trump lacked "civic, republican virtue" and the idea of public service.
Clinton signaled hope in the 2018 midterm elections, taking comfort that more Democrats help stop Trump's agenda. "That time has come again", she wrote.
If Democrats hope to block Trump's agenda, keep his judicial nominees off the bench, including his now scandal embroiled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, voter turnout will be key.
The essay is adapted from the afterword of the paperback edition of Clinton's memoir, "What Happened", which will be published this week.