The united states Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was on the path to victory in the 2016 presidential election until late interference by Russian hackers and FBI Director James Comey scared off some potential supporters renewed investigation into her use of a private email server played a big role in her November loss to Republican Donald Trump .
In her first major public criticism of President Trump’s election victory, she reflected on her defeat during a rare public appearance in New York, said while she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for the loss, she offered that other factors appeared to contribute to it.
Clinton said, the several allegations and assassination attempts on her character scared off supporters from voting for her despite the fact that she had more popular votes- and that the Wikileaks revelations that came just after Donald Trump’s ‘grab by the ass’ comments was not a mere coincidence.
“It wasn’t a perfect campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Comey’s letter and Russian WikiLeaks,” the Democrat said of the loss to Republican Donald Trump. “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days.”
The Former secretary of states, added that analysts suggest “if the election had been on October 27, (she) would be your president.”
Clinton, who said she is going through the “painful process” of writing a book dealing in part with the election, also said misogyny played a role in her defeat. Becoming the first woman U.S. president would have been “a really big deal,” she said.
She said the race shifted following WikiLeaks’ release of my campaign emails and news that the FBI would examine additional evidence related to the Democrat’s use of a private email server as secretary of state — an investigation that closed without any recommended charges.
Christiane Amanpour during the interview then joked that the President would soon tweet about the comment, to which Hillary Clinton said:
“Fine. Better than the interfering in foreign affairs,” Clinton said. “If he wants to tweet about me than I am happy to be the diversion because we have lot of things to worry about. He should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote than doing some other things that would be important for the country.”
She said she had no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the election for Trump, and bluntly criticized the new U.S. president for some of his foreign policy views and for tweeting too much.
The CIA, in a December secret assessment, reportedly concluded that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election to help Trump win the White House instead of just influencing confidence in America’s electoral system.
According to Washington Post report,Individuals with connections to the Russian government allegedly provided WikiLeaks with hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta as part of an operation to boost Trump.