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

Erica Roy
May 3, 2017

In a stunning interview Tuesday, Clinton, the former Democratic nominee, vented her still raw emotions and blazing bitterness over her defeat by Trump - pointing to Russian Federation and FBI Chief James Comey as the key drivers of her loss.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president", Clinton told CNN's Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women event in New York City on Tuesday. I was the person on the ballot.

Hillary Clinton told a live audience that prior to all of those developments, the majority of Americans were going to vote for her. But on October 28, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress, telling lawmakers that the bureau was looking in to additional emails that could have been sent from an unsecured email serves that contained sensitive information.

A new book out last month, Shattered, dug into Clinton's campaign and reached some pretty damning conclusions about her team's election efforts - many of which were flagged but ignored during the long journey to the polls.

"I am not convinced that it really made much of a difference and I don't know what kind of potentially backroom deals were made with the Russians", Clinton said.

"I am hoping that because of voices like Jim Mattis and others that that will begin to influence the administration", she said.

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

Nate Silver calculated that the coverage decisions made by the media cost Clinton 3 points in the polls, "Clinton experienced a sharp, 3-point drop in her polls after the Comey letter came out". "Talking about Clinton's numerous attacks against Trump during the interview, Keilar laughed, "[She was] downright trolling him, I think!"

She added, "I am writing a book and it's a painful process, reliving the campaign". "Every day that goes by, we find out more about the unprecedented inference, including from a foreign power whose leader is not a member of my fan club", Clinton said, without mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin by name.

Mrs Clinton said she was "on the way to winning" until a combination of events in the final days.

It was that issue and her handling of it throughout the campaign that helped revive questions about the character and honesty of the Clintons that had remained largely dormant since former President Bill Clinton left office in 2001. It was a striking reversal from the measured public persona she had cultivated throughout her career.

Clinton, aides and friends say, has grown more at peace with her loss in recent months, but is still focused on the interference by the Russian government, especially the fact that WikiLeaks began releasing John Podesta's hacked emails hours after the damaging "Access Hollywood" Trump tape was released.

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