Hillary Clinton blames herself - and mysogyny, FBI, Russia - for election defeat

Hillary Clinton says she is taking responsibility for her 2016 election loss but believes misogyny, Russian interference and questionable decisions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation also played roles. 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!

But Clinton also said a recent legislative trend could help.

The former secretary of state nonetheless maintained she was on track to become the first female president of the United States when a series of obstacles altered the trajectory of the race. But even as her team geared up in early 2015 for the formal announcement in April, the campaign was beset by problems: press leaks, the burgeoning e-mail-server scandal, competing speechwriters, divided staffers, leaderless advisers and a meddling Bill Clinton.

Hillary said, "I can't be anything other than who I am, and I've spent decades learning about what it would take to move our country forward, including people who clearly didn't vote for me".

"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on Oct 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off", Clinton said. 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. Just days later, Comey concluded the emails were mostly personal or duplicates of what the government had already examined prior to clearing Clinton of any criminal charges.

Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, had his email account hacked during the 2016 campaign.


The CIA, in a December secret assessment, reportedly concluded that Russian Federation intervened in the USA presidential election to help Trump win the White House instead of just influencing confidence in America's electoral system. We overcame an enormous barrage of negativity, of false equivalency, and so much else.

Clinton said she found it troubling to see what she called a "great effort to make sure that localities don't pass laws that prevent employers from asking about past pay".

CHALIAN: Yeah. And it startled me just watching it. So did we make mistakes? Of course we did. "What a coincidence. So, I mean, you just can't make this stuff up". Oh my gosh, yes. "You know, you'll read my confession and my request for absolution". Authentically raw, authentically bitter, authentically pissed off, if you will, at these election results that while she noted she was taking responsibility, her name was on the ballot but clearly placing the bulk of the blame on Comey and on Putin for Wikileaks and clearly thinking that an election that she believed was sort of rightfully hers, that she was winning, she said, was taken away from her in those cases and she's clearly not resolved that yet.

Clinton also discussed her own experience as an employer who's hired young men and women.

One of the criticisms of Clinton since her loss is that she's blamed everyone and everything but herself.

And, perhaps to throw a little shade Trump's way, Clinton mentioned several times throughout the interview, "I did win 3 million more votes than my opponent", CNN reported. "We've got lots of other things to worry about".

  • Tracy Klein