Hillary Clinton has said that she is responsible for her 2016 election loss but she also believes misogyny. The outcome was influenced by the Russian interference and FBI questionable decisions.
extensive comments about the election during the Women for Women International’s annual luncheon in New York on Tuesday has been offered by the Former Democratic presidential nominee .
She said that while writing a book she has been going through the “painful” process of reliving the 2016 contest.
“It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There is no such thing,” Clinton said in a question-and-answer session with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
“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.”
On October 28, a letter to Congress saying new emails,that later proved to be irrelevant, had turned up in the investigation looking into her use of a private server while she was secretary of state was sent by Comey.
“If the election were on October 27, I would be your president,” Clinton said.
Forecaster FiveThirtyEight said that just before Comey’s announcement, she came up with 81% chance of winning the elections . According to the same
forecast , her chances were 65% two days before the November 8 election.
The enthusiastic audience packed with women was reminded by Clinton that she earned 3 million more votes than Republican Donald Trump, who won more Electoral College votes and won the election.
She also blamed Russia for hacking into her campaign’s internal emails and subsequently coordinating their release on WikiLeaks.
Russia has denied coordinating with Trump associates to influence the election but US intelligence agencies are investigating the case.
“He [Russian President Vladimir Putin] certainly interfered in our election,” Clinton said. “And it’s clear he interfered to hurt me and help my opponent.”
According to Bill Schneider, a political analyst, Clinton herself was the reason the Democrats lost the election.
“She’s been around for over 25 years, that was her biggest problem in the election,” he told Al Jazeera.
“She is a charter member of the establishment, and 2016 was a very anti-establishment year.”
Amanpour also asked Clinton whether she was a victim of misogyny.
“Yes, I do think it played a role,” she said, adding that misogyny is “very much a part of the landscape politically, socially and economically”.
Having two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, Clinton is not expected to run for public office again.
“I’m now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance,” she said.