Clinton Attributes Presidential Defeat to Five Specific Factors

2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton

2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hilary Clinton has analyzed what with wrong with her campaign and concluded that several specific factors are to blame for her loss. She spoke about them during the Women for Women International luncheon in New York City, where she was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour of CNN during a question and answer section of the program.

About her campaign Clinton said, “I take absolute personal responsibility; I was the candidate, I was the person on the ballot.” She also said “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There is no such thing.”

However, after admitting she could have done some things better, she commented on other factors that she thinks contributed to her defeat.

Clinton said she felt that she was on the path to winning the election until the FBI director announced, just two weeks before the election, that he might reopen the investigation into her use of a personal email server while she was Secretary of State. That announcement, together with Russian WikiLeaks releasing her campaign’s internal emails, created doubt in the minds of people who would have otherwise voted for her. She compared the FBI-WikiLeaks factors to a 1-2 punch.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is blamed for interfering in the election. U.S. intelligence has indicated Russia participated in cyberattacks during the campaign season and that one purpose of the attacks was to malign Clinton’s reputation. Clinton thinks Putin does not like strong women such as herself.

Finally, Clinton considers misogyny to be a relevant factor in her loss.  She said misogyny “is very much a part of the landscape politically, socially, and economically,” and thinks a lot of people are just not ready for a woman president.

Secretary Clinton said her defeat was devastating and reliving the campaign is painful. Although she loss the Electoral College (and therefore the presidency), she won the popular vote by almost three million votes.

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