Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there are four reasons why she lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump.
In an interview with Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, Clinton blamed the loss on four factors, NBC News observes.
She cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey's involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks' theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny.
"A foreign power meddled with our election," she said, referring to Russia, deeming it "an act of aggression," and the "weaponization of information." She called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into alleged Russian involvement, including possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
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Regarding the WikiLeaks disclosure of stolen emails from the personal account of her campaign chairman, John Podesta, she said it "played a much bigger role than I think many people yet understand."
That, combined with Comey's decision, only a few days before the election, to reopen the FBI's investigation into her use of an unsecure email account as secretary of state, "had the determinative effect."
"I didn't fully understand how impactful that was and so it created doubts in people," Clinton admitted. "But then the Comey letter coming as it did -- just 10 days before the election -- really raised questions in a lot of people." Two days before the election, Comey closed the reopened investigation.
Clinton also contended that prejudice against women was a significant factor. "Certainly, misogyny played a role. That has to be admitted," she said.
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And it is continues to play a role in the Trump administration, she alleged, noting that the number of women in Trump's government is "the lowest it's been in a generation."
She also criticized the broader, male-dominated political culture in Washington. "Recently, photos have been making the rounds on social media showing groups of men in Washington making decisions about women's health -- decisions to strip away coverage for pregnancy and maternity care, or limit access to reproductive health care around the globe. We shake our heads and think, how could they not have invited any women to the table?"
When asked about her opinion of Trump, she answered bluntly: "I don't understand the commitment to hurt so many people that this administration, this White House, seems to be pursuing."
She used the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act as an example. "What they did or tried to do on the health care bill ... having listened to them talking about repeal and replace for 8 years, or 7 years now, and they had not a clue what that meant. They had no idea. I don't know that any of them had ever even read the bill."