In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women International event in New York City this week, Hillary Clinton continued to blame anyone and everyone but herself for losing the 2016 election.
Proving that she has learned virtually nothing from the shocking loss of “safe” blue states in the Midwest, Clinton once again claimed that FBI Director James Comey was largely responsible for putting Donald Trump in the White House.
“Did we make mistakes? Of course we did. Did I make mistakes? Oh my gosh, yes,” Clinton said. “But the reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days.
“It wasn’t a perfect campaign, there is no such thing,” Clinton continued, “but I was on the way to winning until the combination of 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.”
So fine. Let’s assume that Hillary’s right about those claims. So what? It wasn’t like Comey sent a letter to Congress that said, “Hey, hold up a minute, we’re about to nail this ho to the wall!” Not even close. FBI officials found classified information on an unauthorized laptop in the Abedin-Weiner household as part of a separate investigation. Comey, who had publicly declared the investigation over, felt he had no choice but to inform Congress of the findings. He didn’t go bleat it to the news media. He didn’t exaggerate. He merely reported the facts as they appeared.
He was in a tough spot. At that point, almost every pollster in the nation was predicting a Hillary Clinton victory (as they continued to predict right up until the hour of the election, as you recall). Comey knew that Republicans would hit the roof if they later learned that he had hidden information that would have hurt her campaign. He would be sitting in front of congressional panels every day for the duration of Hillary’s first term.
As for the, uh, “Russian Wikileaks” revelations…well, they were what they were. The emails were real. They said what they said. If it was wrong for the American people to see those emails, then it was just as wrong for them to see that Access Hollywood tape. Don’t recall Hillary complaining about that, though.
Every time she comes out with another Scapegoat List, she makes it ever more clear that the American voters made the right choice. This is a woman who not only believes herself above the law, but above any blame whatsoever. Her arrogance may not be as high-octane as Trump’s, but it’s far more insidious and dangerous. A human being who cannot accept responsibility – who cannot look back at mistakes and learn from them – has no business running the country.