Who's really to blame for Hillary Clinton's election loss? | The Tylt
At a recent event in New York, Hillary Clinton talked about the reasons why she lost to Donald Trump, saying she takes "absolute personal responsibility" for losing the presidency to Donald Trump. But she also faulted FBI Director James Comey's bombshell letter and Russian interference, going as far to say that if "the election had been on October 27, I would be your president." Her critics say that's just an excuse—she was a bad candidate and lost a winnable election. What do you think?
Who's really to blame for Hillary Clinton's election loss?
Our intelligence agencies concur Russia was actively working to tip the election to Trump. In their unending pursuit of "balance," the media drew laughable equivalencies between the Trump Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, and gave Trump twice as much airtime as Clinton.
Nate Silver argues Jim Comey's letter to Congress announcing the re-opening the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails (an investigation that went nowhere) likely cost her the election. Comey never mentioned that the Trump campaign had been under FBI investigation since July.
Hillary supporters say these and other injustices are the reason Clinton was defeated.
Many others, Democrats and Republicans alike, say they are sick of the excuses. Enough blaming of the press, sexism, Comey, Putin and Bernie—Clinton lost because she made bad choices, ran a bad campaign, and was a terrible candidate. She lost to DONALD TRUMP, for God's sake.
Sanders and Clinton surrogates Susan Sarandon and Debra Messing are still arguing about why Clinton lost.
Clinton supporters say media coverage of Hillary's private email server was wildly out of proportion to its actual importance. Gallup created a word cloud to illustrate media coverage and voters' familiarity with Clinton's policy proposals and stances on the issues. It was email, email, email.
The frequent mentions of the email controversy certainly suggest that Clinton's attempts to get other messages out to the public, which might either change her image or excite those who already like her, were largely drowned out by the media coverage of the email matter at the time of the survey.
But did the media force Hillary to make lucrative speeches to Wall Street banks?
... or fail to win over crucial Sanders supporters?
... or blow off campaigning in the Rust Belt states?
Hillary Clinton blames misogyny for her election loss.— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 2, 2017
Did misogyny force you to never campaign in Wisconsin or Michigan? 🤔
Clinton supporters point out she did win by nearly 3 million votes. In any other Western democracy, she would be the president right now.
They also point to the fact that this was the first presidential election since the Supreme Court invalidated the Voting Rights Act.
Writer Roxane Gay says Clinton simply could not win against the forces of racism and misogyny aligned against her.
But her detractors say those are just excuses. She should've been able to beat Trump easily— she simply couldn't motivate people to get to the polls. People were just not excited about her and didn't believe in her.