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

Kari Scott
Мая 3, 2017

Clinton told CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour during an interview at a Women for Women International luncheon Tuesday that she did take personal responsibility for her loss, because, ultimately, it was her name on the ballot.

She added that she was "on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off".

Clinton blamed "everybody but herself", Republican congressman Jeff Duncan said on Twitter.

Saying she "absolutely" takes responsibility for her loss, Clinton placed blame on the FBI's Comey, who sent a letter to Congress days before the election saying he was reinstating an investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, and on Russian intervention. "I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had".

Clinton described writing the book as a "painful process" since it is forcing her to relive the campaign.

"I'm now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance", Clinton said to cheers from the audience. But she wouldn't apologize for her wonkiness and love of policy detail, even if that made it hard for her to connect with some voters.

The candid interview Clinton gave is thought to be just one of many more appearances like this she'll give.

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This lack of affordable, fast internet service in some places means kids don't have the "technical capacity to actually do the homework assignments that they are given", she said.

Individuals with connections to the Russian government allegedly provided WikiLeaks with hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta as part of an operation to boost Trump, the Washington Post reported. It was a striking reversal from the measured public persona she had cultivated throughout her career.

She wasn't entirely dismissive of President Trump, though, revealing that she did support his decision last month to launch a missile strike in Syria after the country's president, Bashar Assad, used chemical weapons against his own people.

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.

"'Hey, let's get together and, you know, see if we can't get along and maybe we can, you know, come up with some sort of a deal.' That doesn't work", Clinton said in an apparent mocking of Trump.

"I m happy to be the diversion", the former secretary of state said.

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