Hillary Clinton took responsibility for her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump — for a moment, anyway.
“I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate. I was the person who was on the ballot,” Clinton said to Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women event.
Clinton said Tuesday she knew her campaign made mistakes, but then she put the blame on FBI Director James Comey and Russian interference.
“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me,” Clinton said.
Clinton discussed what she’s been up to in the intervening months and talked about a new book detailing her failed campaign at a luncheon for Women for Women, an international nonprofit.
There are lingering questions about the 2016 election. Top U.S. officials are investigating the impact of both Comey’s letter regarding Clinton’s emails and potential Russian interference or collusion with the Trump campaign.
But those weren’t the only factors. Postelection analysis shows Trump made big gains with white working-class voters who chose Obama in 2012. It’s tough to say what effect, if any, alleged interference had on that demographic.