James Comey? Bill Clinton blames his wife’s election failure F.B.I. Director James Comey? What? Any chance that, say, maybe Hillary Clinton had something to do with Hillary Clinton’s loss? Nope. Apparently not in Bill Clinton’s world. In his world James Comey has so much power that he can, singlehandedly, reverse the course of the U.S. presidential race. Nice.
Think this is an exaggeration? Well, this is what Bill told the editor of the Bedford-Pound Ridge Record Review in Katonah, New York, “James Comey cost her the election. We were seven percentage points up [in national polls at the time].”
Clinton is, of course, referring to the fact that James Comey sent a letter to lawmakers weeks before the November election, letting them know that the F.B.I. was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her term as Secretary of State.
An enormous number of people feel that Hillary was responsible for her own defeat, for a variety of reasons. Here are a few that were noted in an article on dailywire.com:
1. Clinton was a terrible candidate. It would have been hard for the Democrats to pick a worse candidate than Clinton. She is incredibly awkward, robotic, inarticulate and unlikable. Scandals and corruption plague Clinton at every corner and her tenure as secretary of state is stained by Benghazi and the emboldening of Iran, Russia, China and radical Islam. Clinton is perhaps the only candidate that could have lost to Trump, and she did.
2. The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee had a terrible strategy to win. Politico reported the Clinton campaign barely spent time and resources in key states like Wisconsin and Michigan–as they assumed they would win those states–and instead spent time in states like Arizona. At the DNC’s behest, money was poured into urban areas like Chicago and New Orleans to give Clinton a popular vote victory. The Clinton campaign also put resources into Iowa to simply trick Trump into spending time there instead of Michigan. Even as there were warning signs about a pending upset in Michigan, such as a lack of urban turnout, the Clinton team insisted that their model showed them winning Michigan by five points.
3. Clinton wrote off the white-working class vote. In March, Clinton declared, “We’re gonna put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” By making that statement, Clinton showed just how out of touch she was with the white working class, especially those in the Rust Belt who had their livelihoods decimated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s anti-coal regulations.
Additionally, Clinton’s campaign themes never addressed the economic hardship the working class was facing. Instead, she focused on expanding the size of government and attacking Trump’s “temperament.” In doing so, she allowed Trump’s economic populism to make the working class think he cared about them and she was out of touch.
4. Clinton thought she was guaranteed victory. She even took the month of August off and didn’t campaign with much urgency, as her schedule wasn’t as busy as Trump’s. “Clinton’s leisurely pace fed the perception that she thought she was marching to an inevitable coronation,” writes The Atlantic’s Molly Ball. “Inevitability didn’t work out too well for Clinton in 2008, and it didn’t work this year, either.”
Of course, the list goes on and on. But, really, that should be enough to show that Hillary Clinton, and maybe the DNC a bit, too, was responsible for Hillary Clinton’s loss. Oh well, look at her track record. We’re better off without her, anyhow.