During a live interview with CBS’s Jane Pauley, Hillary Clinton gave a dissection of her memoir “What Happened” in which she highlighted the many reasons for her failure to win the elections and individuals she blames for it.
Here are five things we learnt from the interview:
• She had absolute confidence in her strategy
The former Democrats Presidential candidate was confident in her laid out strategies, styles and expressions during the electioneering campaign. She couldn’t refer to any fault from her end that might be responsible for her loss. Clinton was satisfied with the efforts she deployed towards her aspiration.
Her confidence is surely borne from her many years of public service. She certainly wouldn’t have gotten anything wrong.
• She blamed the media
No one would have expected Clinton to blame the media in any form. The general belief during the electioneering was that, the media was bias against Trump and threw their weight around the first major party woman presidential candidate. It was the Republican candidate that was in the eye of the media, always unveiling many damaging secrets and information about the business mogul.
However, Clinton claimed the media had a part to play in her loss, especially the handling of her mail investigation with the FBI. She stressed that media gave the issue the unnecessary popularity it gained.
• The James Comey effect
The former Senator didn’t spare the erstwhile FBI Director James Comey from her rod of blame. She claimed Comey was the chief orchestrator of her defeat.
Her assertion was in reference to the sudden launch of fresh investigation into her alleged use of private mails during her tenure as Secretary of State which she deleted during the allegations.
Her disappointment was the timing of the investigation when she had thought all matters concerning the issue had waned off following the initial investigation which yielded no trait of criminality. Comey launched a new probe into the issue on the twilight of the election which she claims brought a huge devastation to her credibility.
• Russia interference affected her chances
Though Clinton refused to outrightly blame the Trump campaign team for colluding with Russia officials to plot her downfall, but she did say there were clear indications of Russia meddling into the election which affected her chances.
Even after Trump’s assumption to the White House, there continues to be allegations of Russia input in the election which is the subject of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Many voters couldn’t cast their vote in North Dakota and New Orleans due to the absence of their names from the database – a situation analyst said was inflicted by Russian hackers.
• Clinton is a dogged fighter and Excellent public servant
Forgetting the blames and accusations, Clinton can be adjudged as a good fighter. From her early days as a public servant to becoming the First Lady, winning her Senatorial district and vying for the presidency twice, Clinton is indeed a deep rooted politician. Her political exploits given her sexuality and winning in numbers during the election is legendary and historic.
While she might have lost her ambition to become the first female President of the United States, she will indeed be remembered as the Woman who tried and gave it all. Her service will surely lay a good precedence for women politics in particular and a new political landscape in general.