Hillary Clinton blames women for 2016 election loss: 'They left me'

 May 27, 2024

Women were to blame for Hillary Clinton's 2016 loss, according to the former Democratic presidential nominee, who implied that women couldn't support her since she was "supposed to be perfect."

Clinton claimed that female voters abandoned her after then-FBI Director James Comey re-opened an inquiry into her email server prior to the election, as Fox News reported.

"They left me because they just couldn’t take a risk on me, because as a woman, I’m supposed to be perfect," Clinton said, according to The New York Times.

"They were willing to take a risk on Trump — who had a long list of, let’s call them flaws, to illustrate his imperfection — because he was a man, and they could envision a man as president and commander in chief."

The New Book

While speaking with the Times on her new book, "The Fall of Roe: The Rise of a New America," Clinton also expressed her concerns about the potential for a second Trump administration.

Although Comey initially stated he would not suggest charges against Clinton, he did criticize the former secretary of state, describing her as "extremely careless."

According to her interview with the news source, many Americans disregarded her cautions regarding abortion.

On Roe

Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Biden-Harris campaign and the Democratic Party have prioritized abortion in their electoral platforms.

"Too many women, particularly too many young women, did not understand the effort that went into creating the underlying theory of Roe v. Wade.

"And the young women on my campaign made a very compelling argument that making it safe and legal was really the goal," she said. "I kind of just pocketed the framework of Roe."

Displeasure With Democrats

Clinton further claimed that Democrats were too smug and failed to recognize the magnitude of the pro-life movement's power.

"We didn’t take it seriously, and we didn’t understand the threat," Clinton said. "Most Democrats, most Americans, did not realize we are in an existential struggle for the future of this country."

Clinton contended that the Democrats' inability to imagine abortion rights ever being in jeopardy was the reason they did not successfully pass a law enshrining abortion rights in federal law, even when they had control of the Senate.

"[The right is] relentless. You know, they take a loss, they get back up, they regroup, they raise more money," Clinton said. "It’s tremendously impressive the way that they operate. And we have nothing like it on our side."

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