Often slammed for blaming everyone but herself for losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has said that she does hold herself accountable, suggesting she should have seen the Brexit vote in the U.K. as a warning sign about the potential of a Trump presidency.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Clinton, 69, said she feels a “terrible sense of responsibility” for not defeating Donald Trump in last year’s race for the White House.
The British vote to leave the EU should have triggered a “bigger alarm” than it did, she told the magazine. She also admitted that she woke up on that fateful election day in November anticipating a sure win.
“I thought I’d be a damn good president,” said the two-time presidential loser, “I did not think I was going to lose. I feel a terrible sense of responsibility for not having figured out how to defeat this person. There must have been a way and I didn’t find it.”
She further noted that she thought Trump’s confidence had been bolstered by the surprise Brexit vote in June 2016, which saw 51.9 percent of people in Britain vote to leave the European Union. UKIP leader Nigel Farage went on to support Trump’s campaign following the Brexit vote.
“They thought, ‘Hey, we’ve got this figured out, just tell a really horrible lie over and over again, keep people off balance and make them think that this will, if not make their lives better, make them feel better’,” Clinton explained.
“They voted against modern Britain and the EU, believing that somehow this would be good for their small village. The same thing played out in my race, but I didn’t think we were so vulnerable. But it turned out we were wrong. [Farage] came to the US to campaign for Trump and spent half of his remarks insulting me in a very personal way and talking about Trump as the alpha male, the silver-backed gorilla. Think of those images and what that says about what’s acceptable and what’s not,” she said.
Clinton wasn’t alone in thinking that she would be America’s next president; the mainstream media was right behind her with the misleading poll results. They were blindsided by the silent majority of Americans who spoke only with their votes, but Clinton has a variety of other reasons that she wasn’t elected. She pivoted back to those reasons while promoting her new book, What Happened, when she quipped that she had run against both Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 8, 2017
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