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Joy Behar Says Clinton Was Not A Good Candidate

| by Jonathan Constante

The women on "The View" had mixed reactions to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's explanation for why she lost the 2016 presidential election.

Clinton recently spoke with CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women International event in New York City, TooFab reported. During their conversation, Clinton blamed FBI director James Comey, WikiLeaks and misogyny for her loss.

She did, however, accept some of the blame herself after being asked to explain further.

The women on "The View" were critical of Clinton's response.

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"This was the most unimpressed I've been with Hillary Clinton," Jedediah Bila said during the May 3 episode. "Every time I see her do an interview, I'm waiting for a moment when she doesn't blame anybody but herself and acknowledges why they lost."

"The reason she lost was that her foreign policy at the State Department was a disaster; her intervention in Libya led to terrorist havens and the infiltration of ISIS; she lost because she picked a bad vice presidential candidate; she didn't do proper groundwork in states like Wisconsin, in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania; she lied to people," Bila explained.

Sarah Haines, who admitted she voted for Clinton, added that she was shocked by Clinton's response.

"I tend to agree [with Bila]. I think there was a moment after the election where so many of us stopped after looking at the polls and buildup and went, 'What did we miss?'" Haines said. "In some ways, I think she might still be missing some of it. I think there were messaging problems. She wasn't on the ground."

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When Sunny Hostin argued that Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million, Bila responded by saying that Clinton, who is a seasoned politician, knows the popular vote does not win the election.

"Those states she skipped out on, the states she didn't go to, cost her the election," Bila said.

"She would have made a great president, but she was not a great candidate," Joy Behar added. "[President Donald Trump] was an interesting candidate and a lousy president. Let's face it, Putin wanted to make America great again."

Whoopi Goldberg concluded the debate by saying that no one will ever know the true reason why Clinton lost.

"The waters are so muddy between WikiLeaks, Pukileaks, it's too muddy to know," Goldberg explained. "I do know we'll never know now because it's so muddy and so disgusting. We've never seen an election like this. I don't think either side can really take a lot of solace because they won or lost.

"I think both sides should be questioning what the hell has gone on and how did we get here. It's like everything was a mess, between Russia, WikiLeaks, Comey ... we don't know what happened.

"You saw Russia involved, but we will never know had they not been part of it what the real outcome would have been and that's the saddest part for our country."

"They're blaming her for not having a message," Behar added. "His message was blame the Mexicans."

During her interview with CNN, Clinton made her boldest statements yet on the outcome of the election.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president," she said.

"I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had," Clinton explained. She added that she was "on the way to winning until a 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 and got scared off."

Sources: TooFab, CNN / Photo credit: Pete Souza/White House via Wikimedia Commons

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