“Hillary Clinton today accepting full responsibility for the election loss, except for the part when she blamed Comey, Putin, Wikileaks, misogyny, and the media.”
—-CNN’s Jake Tapper in his show intro yesterday, referring to Hillary Clinton’s comments at the Women For Women lunch in New York while being interviewed by Christiane Amanpour.
What prompted Tapper’s stinging irony was Clinton ‘s first one-on-one interview with a journalist, CNN anchor ( and fan) Christiane Amanpour, since she lost the 2016 election. The setting was a Women for Women International event in New York. Clinton discussed the 2016 election, and framed her answers regarding the stunning loss with this…
“Of course. I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot, and I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had.”
You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it does.
For Hillary, throughout the interview, made it abundantly clear that she blames others for her loss and is bitter about it, saying such things as..
“I 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. And the evidence for that intervening event is I think compelling, persuasive and so we overcame a lot in the campaign”
“[Putin] certainly interfered in our election and it was clear he interfered to hurt me and helped my opponent.f you chart my opponent and his campaign’s statements, they quite coordinated with the goals that leader who shall remain nameless had.”
Clinton also blamed the mainstream media—you know, the one that overwhelmingly did everything in its power to make her President— claiming that none of the debate moderators asked her and Trump to elaborate how they intended to create jobs. And, naturally, being before an audience of women, she received only knowing nods as she claimed that anti-female bias played a part in her loss.
The problem is that “taking responsibility” means accepting blame, fault, guilt, culpability, and liability for what has happened. If you claim, as Clinton did in the interview, that absent these various malign factors she would have won, then it is meaningless for her to say she takes responsibility for the loss. Hillary did the same thing in the Benghazi hearings. She simultaneously said that she accepted responsibility for the incident, but that she wasn’t in charge of security for the compound, so she couldn’t be blamed.
Since this is Hillary—a Clinton, after all—she was spinning as well as lying. Her assertion that she was never asked about her job plans was quickly rebutted by CNN, which produced the transcript of the very first debate, in which moderator Lester Holt asked both candidates about jobs in his first question. She also pointedly ignored her party’s own assessment of the reason for her loss, according to the study it commissioned by the Global Strategy Group. That report concluded that about 70 percent of Clinton’s failure to reach Obama’s vote total in 2012 was because she lost too many voters who had supported President Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump, and it wasn’t because of Comey, Russia or missing debate questions.
[Regarding the latter: it has to be said that this excuse is too much, even for Hillary. During the debates she had no trouble or compunction about saying whatever she wanted to say whether it was responsive to the question or not. “I wasn’t asked” is a a laughable excuse, and would be even if she wasn’t asked about jobs—but she was.]
Two last points:
1. Amanpour didn’t have the guts, integrity or professionalism to call out Hillary for her contradictory assessments of the election and false statements. A partisan female journalist handling a softball interview in front of a partisan female crowd is not journalism. It’s promotion. Just think: Hillary’s campaign asked for Donald Trump to be fact-checked during the debates!
2. Hillary announced that she was part of the “resistance.” The candidate who furiously attacked her opponent for saying that he might not accept the results of the election now openly allies herself with those hard-left proto-totalitarians who refuse to accept the legitimacy of President Trump and the results of the American democratic system. That, in the final analysis, signals the real reason Hillary Clinton is responsible for her loss. She has no integrity, seeks power for its own sake, and she couldn’t fool all of the people all of time.