Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton recounted her loss in the 2016 presidential election during an interview she gave at a Women for Women International event.
Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour in New York City on May 2, Clinton previewed her forthcoming book about the presidential election and her experiences during her historic candidacy for the office of the president.
Clinton had lots of blame to go around, but did not fail to include herself in the long list of mistakes surrounding the 2016 election, according to the Los Angeles Times. Ultimately, Clinton cited a wide-ranging conspiracy against her as the primary reason she didn't win.
"If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your president," Clinton told Amanpour and a crowd during the event. She focused on FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016, as the turning point in the run-up to the election.
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That letter, along with an alleged wide-ranging Russian influence on the campaigns and the uphill struggle against ingrained societal misogyny, were the three main reasons Clinton gave for why she lost.
Clinton didn't absolve herself of all blame. "Did I make mistakes? Oh my gosh, yes. You'll read my confession and my request for absolution," Clinton said, referencing the book she had come to promote. But Clinton didn't think her mistakes were what led to her losing the election to President Donald Trump.
"The reason I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days," said the former secretary of state. "I was on the way to winning until ... Jim Comey's letter on October 28" and the "Russian WikiLeaks." Those were enough to "raise doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote" for Clinton.
Clinton has been remarkably quiet following her election loss, and has sought to keep herself out of the public eye during Trump's first 100 days in office. Whether it is out of fear of Trump's recurring campaign chant, "Lock her up," becoming a reality, or a wish to escape the stress of being a public figure during the Internet Age, Clinton made no effort to explain her absence. Instead, she focused on the book she had come to promote.
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"I'm writing a book and it's a painful process reliving the campaign. As you might guess," Clinton told Amanpour.
"Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, which gives an account of the 2016 campaign, is already a best-selling book.
Clinton insisted her loss hasn't taken away her political drive.
"I'm now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance" she said.