Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is having a difficult time conceding defeat.
Since losing the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, she has consistently pointed out that she won the popular vote. And she has dismissed claims that her rival in the Democratic Party was actually more popular than her.
In the May 29 issue of New York Magazine, she insists: “I beat both of them.”
In April, she gave her first major assessment of the election outcome in an interview with journalist Nicholas Kristof, as NBC News reported at the time.
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.
“Certainly, misogyny played a role. That has to be admitted,” she said. But she put more emphasis on the other alleged factors.
“A foreign power meddled with our election,” she said, referring to Russia, deeming it “an act of aggression.”
Regarding the WikiLeaks disclosure of stolen emails from the personal account of her campaign chairman, John Podesta, she alleged that it “played a much bigger role than I think many people yet understand.”
She gave further details in a New York magazine interview. “And so you got Trump, in the last month of the campaign, talking about WikiLeaks something like 164 times; you’ve got all his minions out there, you’ve got the right-wing media just blowing it up. You’ve got Google searches off the charts.”
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,” she said.
In the New York magazine article, she reiterated: “I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians.”
After Trump became president, Comey led a criminal investigation into whether Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the election. On May 9, Trump suddenly fired him.
“I am less surprised than I am worried,” said Clinton of the Comey firing. “I think what’s going on now is an effort to derail and bury the Russia inquiry, and I think that’s terrible for our country.”
Clinton supporters are still having a hard time coming to grips with her defeat as well, judging from the reaction she gets in public.
“It’s been unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” she says. “I mean, it doesn’t end. Every time I’m in public.” As an example, she cites a woman who came up to her table while she was having lunch: “I just can’t leave this restaurant without telling you I’m just so devastated,” said the woman, weeping.
Sources: New York, NBC News / Photo credit: US Embassy/Flickr