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Hillary Clinton Admits 'most important' blunder  but Not All


Yatindra Bhatnagar


Hillary Clinton has finally come out with an explanation for her defeat at the hands of Donald Trump in the presidential election last November. She gave some reasons for her defeat but I for one, would have welcomed her statement if she had really come clean and listed ALL the reasons for the stunning loss.

She has, largely, stayed out of the spotlight for months but knowing Hillary she could not – and I think she should not – remain silent. After all what’s more to lose. She suffered a devastating defeat and her political future doesn’t indicate another attempt for the highest post.

 

Hillary, rightly, admitted that “It still is very painful. It hurts a lot.”

Yes, it is very painful. Yes, it hurts a lot. She honestly does admit that.

 

So far, so good!

 

Hillary Clinton appeared Sept. 10, on CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ in her first TV interview.

However, the facts are that Hillary Clinton was out of touch with REALITY. She had more baggage than Trump. She had committed more blunders than his adversary.

She half-heartedly admitted 'deplorable' remarks and also e-mails scandal but there were other problems - the Clinton Foundation, Benghazi, her indefensible defense of Bill Clinton's sex scandals and attempts to destroy his victims. Even the 'clean chit' by FBI went against her as the 'reckless' remark stayed on. The FBI chief stuck to his point that her conduct did not reach the level that called for a probe or to charge her of any rime.

That was itself a big contradiction. A ‘reckless’ act by a top official does not call for an inquiry and slapping charges? Come on.

There was a host of blunders, and misdeeds and shortcomings - and yes, the total neglect and the shocking ridicule of the majority white population combined to defeat Hillary. Her extremely filthy-rich campaign was sustained on lies, biased celebrities and totally biased mainstream media.

She kind of, blamed ‘whjite people’

 

Stout support by President Barack Obama and his band could not do much for her as Obama's own record of omission and commission was also highly questionable and totally condemnable. He had divided the country and encouraged racism. He could not influence the voters because he was really NOT what he was touted by the media and the 'others.' In the end, none could help Hillary.

She should have analyzed the reasons more carefully and honestly and should have admitted them fully.

 

She did nothing of the sort. She tried to find excuses, lame at that, and tried to make herself look an innocent victim.

She said in the TV interview:

 

 “I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness,” Clinton said. “Off I went, into a frenzy of closet cleaning, and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write [in her upcoming memoir] -- yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, trying to calm myself down. And, you know, my share of Chardonnay. It was a very hard transition. I really struggled. I couldn't feel, I couldn't think. I was just gobsmacked, wiped out.”

But the former Democratic presidential nominee does acknowledge that she “maybe missed a few chances” to strike back at her opponent, Donald Trump, and the message his campaign was sending to voters.

Clinton says Trump was able to tap into the frustrations of “millions of white people.”

“He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances, for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others,” Clinton said.

Attending Trump’s inauguration was an “out of body experience” and the address she heard Trump give from the platform in front of the Capitol was a “cry from the white nationalist gut,” she said.

“I understood that there were many Americans who, because of the financial crash, [were hurt], there was anger. And there was resentment. I knew that. But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it,” Clinton said.

“It was a mistake because a lot of people didn't want to hear my plans. They wanted me to share their anger. And I should've done a better job of demonstrating I get it.”

Still, in her time away from the political spotlight, she has come to accept the harm her own gaffes may have caused, including calling some Trump voters a “basket of deplorables, a comment she called a “political gift” to Trump.

“I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner. I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior, as we saw on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn't care. It did not matter to them. And he turned out to be a very effective reality-TV star,” Clinton said.

But her most costly blunder, she said, wasn’t made on the campaign trail but when she was serving as secretary of state.

“I think the most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email,” Clinton said.

And while then-FBI Director James Comey cleared her of criminal charges in her use of a private server, his speech calling her actions “careless” stuck. Clinton says she believes those comments were targeted at the right-wing.

“I don't know quite what audience he was playing to, other than-- maybe some, you know, right-wing commentators, right-wing members of Congress, whatever,” Clinton said.

While she has no plans to run for office again, Clinton says she will continue to play a role in public sphere. “I am done with being a candidate,” she said.

“But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake.”

Clinton’s memoir about the 2016 election, “What Happened,” will be released shortly.