Hillary Clinton has emerged from the woods, and now appears to be touring the country to explain just how she lost the 2016 presidential election. During a recent interview with New York Magazine, published last week, Clinton opened up about her feelings towards the election. In recent months, the former Democratic Party presidential candidate appeared graceful in her defeat, but now she’s blaming everything from the media to sexism for her loss last year.
During the interview, which took place the day after President Trump fired James Comey from his position as director of the FBI, Clinton claimed that she would have won if the FBI had not meddled in the election. Clinton accused former FBI Director Comey of launching “unprecedented attacks” against her, along with the Russians allegedly sabotaging her campaign. She also suggested that there was an attempt to suppress the vote of Democrats, “particularly in Wisconsin.”
This isn’t the first time that Clinton has discussed the theory that Russia colluded with Comey during the election. Earlier in May, Clinton spoke to Christiane Amanpour of CNN about how she believes the Russians interfered in the election. She also told Amanpour that she is now part of a “resistance,” and that she would have been elected president if the election had taken place on October 27.
The New York Magazine article was entitled: “Hillary Clinton is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried.” Throughout the interview, Clinton attacked the press – possibly in an attempt to replicate the success that Trump has seen throughout his campaign and beyond by doing exactly that. In fact, two out of three voters now agree with Trump that the establishment media pushes “fake news.”
The article explains how Clinton believes there is an “advocacy press” on the right, which she says has done a fine job for the last 25 years. In fact, Clinton says that this advocacy press has a mission to use their First Amendment rights to advocate for policies that only benefit themselves, as well as their commercial and religious interests.
She says that the media occupies the right, but that the center needs to focus on ensuring that the media provides only accurate content to the people. In an attempt to side step away from partisan politics, Clinton said she wants to avoid false equivalencies, and the dominance of “isms.”
Clinton then went on to attack left-leaning media organizations, including The New York Times and MSNBC. The former presidential candidate believes that by hiring moderate conservative writers, including the likes of Bret Stephens and George Will, the organizations were making wildly miscalculated decisions.
Clinton Still “Won” the Election
Towards the end of the interview, the topic of the election results was raised. Clinton commented that she won the vote of 66 million people, which included some “crazy third-party people.” Clinton believes that by achieving the votes of third party supporters, she proved that people are looking for “stronger arguments” that tackle the existential problems and challenges that face America and the rest of the world – including climate change.
When asked whether she believed that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were capitalizing on the anger of the American people, Clinton said “Yes…and I beat both of them.”
Clinton wasn’t finished after claiming to have won the general election, either. She discussed how moving from serving the president to seeking to become the president was a difficult move. Specifically, Clinton claimed she was quickly subject to sexist abuse and negativity throughout the campaign. As history shows us, however, Donald Trump won the election because he achieved the majority of votes in the Electoral College.