Hillary Clinton has laid the blame for her loss to Trump on FBI director James Comey. Clinton told a bunch of her donors that Comey’s letter released days before the election resurrected doubts many voters had about her honesty and that the letter contained “baseless” information about emails that had already been “proven groundless.”
New emails had been found in an examination of Anthony D. Weiner’s computers in connection with the bureau’s criminal investigation of him. Weiner is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
Separately, Navin Nayak, of the Clinton campaign, wrote an internal campaign letter asserting that Comey’s second letter, in essence, clearing Clinton, was worse than his first letter.
“We believe that we lost this election in the last week. Comey’s letter in the last 11 days of the election both helped depress our turnout and also drove away some of our critical support among college-educated white voters — particularly in the suburbs,” she wrote, according to Politico.
OUR FREE OPINION
We endorsed Donald Trump in this election fairly early on. Moreover, back in July of 2014, we wrote that Hillary Clinton needs to drop her “anger” and move towards a moderate Democrat base. We said “She can be hard to listen to- especially if you only have a moderate appreciation for the cause she’s pushing at the time. She cannot and will not attract moderate and undecided voters if she continues in this style.”
We think there is some merit to the criticism of the director’s timing of the release of the emails. However, the email issues were only a piece of the whole “untrustworthy” tag put on Clinton– the Wall Street speeches, Benghazi, “super predators” remarks and Clinton Foundation contributed much to her negative veracity image.
The more dispositive flaw in the Clinton campaign involves her failure to reach out to blue collar workers, and instead, focus on issues that appeal to the far left of her party. In essence, she did not heed our advice and try to appeal to these moderate, and often undecided voters. It was if she wanted to alienate her campaign from traditional workers in Wisconsin and Michigan and opted for gay rights, minority, anti-gun and other far-left agendas apparently not supported by mainstream voters.
Clinton also miscalculated the value of clustered metropolitan votes compared to electoral votes. This explains her lead in the popular vote total but does nothing to get her elected. This will be true for any Democrat in the future (Obama was an exception for several reasons).