Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Politics

'Comey was best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton,' Trump tweets

While speaking at a Women for Women International event in New York Tuesday, Hillary Clinton laid much of the blame for the election outcome on Russian hackers and the actions of FBI Director James B. Comey.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president," Clinton told moderator Christiane Amanpour. "I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off - and the evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling (and) persuasive."

Many thought she was shirking responsibility for her role in her own campaign. Chief among her critics was President Donald Trump, who quickly took to Twitter to call Clinton out.

In two tweets, sent 15 minutes apart, Trump claimed Comey helped Clinton during the election and said Democrats used Russian hackers as a scapegoat for their loss.

It isn't surprising to see Trump tweeting about Clinton. He's done so at least 20 times since defeating her in the 2016 presidential election.

For example, in December he tweeted, "I have not heard any of the pundits or commentators discussing the fact that I spent FAR LESS MONEY on the win than Hillary on the loss!"

During the event Amanpour and Clinton said they expected his tweets.

"Fine. Better than the interfering in foreign affairs," Clinton said when Amanpour suggested Trump would tweet about the event. "If he wants to tweet about me then I am happy to be the diversion because we have lot of things to worry about."

"He should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote than doing some other things that would be important for the country," Clinton added.

Others in Trump's camp tweeted about Clinton's comments.

Dan Scavino Jr., the White House Director of Social Media, tweeted that Clinton hasn't "accepted the results of the 2016 election."

Republicans aren't the only ones who suggested Clinton's argument was flawed, however.

Robert Shrum, a Democratic strategist who advised two losing presidential nominees, Al Gore and John F. Kerry, told he Washington Post Clinton isn't taking enough responsibility.

"I have a measure of real sympathy, but it is also true that you can't just blame the things that happened to you," Shrum said. "Part of credibility here begins with saying, 'These were things that happened to me that really hurt and could've cost me the election, but there were decisions I wish I made differently as well.'"

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