04/08/2017

Clinton Says Misogyny Certainly Played A Role In Her 2016 Defeat

Matt Vespa, Townhall

Hillary Clinton is out of the woods—and frankly, I would just wish she would stay in whatever imaginary hut she built for herself to nurse her mental wounds from her stinging defeat to Donald Trump last year and stay there. But you can’t always get what you want. The former first lady and two-time presidential loser spoke with The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof about the four reasons that sunk her presidential bid. If you thought she would be introspective, think again. This is Hillary Clinton speaking—it was everyone else’s fault that she lost. Like Russia, FBI Director James Comey, the DNC email hacks, and, you guessed it, misogyny.

She largely cited these factors for her defeat:

- Russia. "A foreign power meddled with our election," she said, labeling it "an act of aggression." She called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin's involvement and said the probe should examine whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.

- Misogyny. "Certainly, misogyny played a role. That has to be admitted," she said. Clinton added that "some people — women included — had real problems" with the idea of a woman president.

- Comey. Clinton cited as damaging to her campaign his unusual decision to release of a letter on October 28, less than two weeks before Election Day, that said he was looking at additional emails related to the FBI probe of the former secretary of state's use of a private server.

- WikiLeaks. Weeks of disclosures of stolen emails from the personal account of then-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were particularly harmful, Clinton said, adding that it "played a much bigger role than I think many people yet understand."

She said the combination of Comey's actions and the WikiLeaks' revelations "had the determinative effect."

About her own role, she said, "There were things I could have done better."

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