Last week in New York City, Hillary Clinton made an address to her loyal donors claiming she lost the 2016 presidential election due to FBI Director James Comey and Russia President Vladimir Putin. MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski played audio clips of Clinton inciting the blame game:
“Take it from Nate Silver, who has pointed out that swing state voters made their decisions in the final days, breaking against me because of the FBI letter from FBI Director Comey. Nate Silver believes, I happen to believe this, that that letter most likely made the difference in the outcome. We have to recognize that, as the latest reports made clear, Vladimir Putin himself directed the covert cyber attacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a personal beef against me.”
Surprisingly, many of the panelists on the left leaning show were not biting the bait Clinton was casting. Liberal columnist Mike Barnicle labeled the rhetoric as a “sad” way for Clinton to step off the political stage. Barnicle puts it perfectly that Clinton lost the election not because of Putin nor Comey, but rather that she had simply nothing new to offer the American people.
“Her larger problem is she went to the country with really no story. She did not have a story to tell. Americans love stories. She had no narrative to tell. She was basically, when you strip it all away, her campaign came down to the phrase ‘it’s my turn,’” Barnicle said.
New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters, another panelist, agreed further with Barnicle. “It’s the Russians’ fault. It’s Comey’s fault … It’s Obama’s fault. It’s fake news’ fault. It’s the media’s fault. She took another gratuitous swipe at the media saying it was our fault,” Peters said. “She was not the agent of change that Americans wanted.”
The interesting exchange and analysis between the panelists can be viewed below:
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