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

Posted May 03, 2017

Hillary Clinton revealed the three reasons she believes she lost the election: FBI Director James Comey, Russian hackers and misogyny.

The former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, 59, at the Women for Women International luncheon in Manhattan on May 2, and she made it crystal clear: the election may be over, but she's not done fighting against Donald Trump, 70!

"I think it would have been a really big deal" to elect the first female president, Clinton said.

"If the election was on October 27, I'd be your president", Clinton continued, pointing to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver showing Comey's October 28 announcement that the FBI was re-opening the investigation into her private email server impacted her chances. "I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had". "Yes", Clinton said, teasing that she'd have much more to say about that in her upcoming memoir this fall.

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

Clinton said the Trump campaign "quite coordinated with the goals" of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the election, adding that Putin "certainly interfered in our election - to hurt me and help my opponent".

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Mrs Clinton said she was "on the way to winning" until a combination of events in the final days. "What a coincidence", she said. "Talking about Clinton's numerous attacks against Trump during the interview, Keilar laughed, "[She was] downright trolling him, I think!"

"You'll read my confession and my request for absolution", she said.

But blaming Comey for the loss appears to absolve Clinton of her campaign's failure to effectively counter Trump's electorally appealing message in industrialized Midwestern states that went red instead of their usual blue. It was perhaps her at her most authentic - authenticity is a word we talk about in politics all the time and in terms of Hillary Clinton, there was somehow a deficit of that over her career.

Clinton pointed to the release of an old video tape on October 7 on which Trump is heard crudely discussing groping women, and how "within an hour or two" of the tapes release, the Russian theft of Clinton staffers' emails were made public on WikiLeaks.

The interview didn't sound like one from a politician who was done being in the spotlight, raising questions from pundits about whether she is leaving the door open to a third presidential run in 2020.

But she declared herself geared up to stay politically active and involved with the Trump opposition, for whom "Resist" has become a popular slogan.