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

Raquel Nash
May 3, 2017

Hillary Clinton said she would have won the election if it weren't for a last-minute interference by FBI Director James Comey and Russian Federation.

Clinton, who is beginning to chart her post-2016 election life with a series of speeches and a new book, will first headline a Women for Women International event, where the former first lady will sit down for a conversation moderated by CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour. "I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot". 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. "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". A vast part of the country felt left out of Clinton's message during the campaign, but she kept the focus on pointing the finger at Comey and Wikileaks as the reason why she lost America's vote to be president. But what I think we saw on display there, Wolf, was a real, authentic and raw Hillary Clinton who was publicly revealing herself in a way that I don't recall her ever doing before.

The small group of aides who are still in regular contact with Clinton stress, though, that the recent uptick in Trump criticism does not mean the former secretary of state is on a comeback.

"I'm now back to being an active citizen and part of the resistance", she said, referring to the informal movement opposed to the Republican president.

According to Clinton, "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president".

In January the USA intelligence community announced it had concluded Russian Federation interfered in the election - and that Putin himself ordered a campaign to undermine the U.S. democratic process and harm Clinton's electability in order to help Trump win.

She was unplugged, candid and unvarnished, ditching the cautious, stilted political speak that has constrained her public persona for decades, seemingly now at a point of her life where she does not care what people think. "I think other things did as well".

Chalian went on to wonder if this supposedly "authentic" Clinton was indicating she was going to run for office again in the future.

She was also faulted for not spending enough campaign time in traditionally Democratic strongholds MI and Wisconsin, states which fell to Trump on election day.

"He should worry less about the election and me winning the popular vote and more about other things", Clinton said.

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