Clinton blames misogyny, FBI, Russia, herself for 2016 loss

Justin Greene
May 3, 2017

During a conversation with Christiane Amanpour at the 2017 Women for Women Annual Luncheon in New York City on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said she believed misogyny played a role in her election loss. "But I was on the way to winning until a combination of (FBI director) Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off".

The panel consisting of Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Nia-Malika Henderson, Wolf Blitzer, and David Gregory expressed surprise at what Clinton said, calling it "remarkable" and an "incredible interview".

Although polls had largely favored Clinton over the Republican nominee, the race shifted following WikiLeaks' release of Clinton campaign emails and news that the FBI would examine additional evidence related to the Democrat's use of a private email server as secretary of state - an investigation that closed without any recommended charges. "Now the North Koreans are always interested ... in trying to get Americans to try to come to negotiate to elevate their status and their position and we should be very careful about giving that way".

However, Clinton said she was "not convinced [the strike] really made much of a difference" and said she was concerned about possible backroom deals the Trump administration may have made with Russian Federation, notifying them beforehand of the strikes against their ally.

Just for good measure, she also blamed the media and woman-hating for her failure to take the top job.

Clinton also remarked that Russian President Vladimir Putin "certainly interfered in our election, and it was created to hurt me and help my opponent".

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, a best seller, points out one of the main reasons for Clinton's defeat. If he wants to tweet about me then I am happy to be the diversion because we have lot of things to worry about.

"What a coincidence. You just can't make this stuff up", she said.

But she declared herself geared up to stay politically active and involved with the Trump opposition, for whom "Resist" has become a popular slogan. Clinton added that she's writing a book and it's "is a painful process reliving the campaign".

Clinton said she thinks she would have won the election if not for two major events during the home stretch of the campaign.

Even the sudden, unexpected success of Bernie Sanders as a potential Democratic candidate failed to wake up the Clinton campaign to the realities of what was happening.

Hillary Clinton didn't acknowledge Trump's win and how she "missed the mood of the country", as CNN political analysts highlight.

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