The Hillary Clinton complaining tour has stopped off at Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The former presidential candidate gave a question and answer session during the Recode Conference, and ripped into the media and the Democratic National Committee.
The former first lady said that the DNC had left her “adrift,” and that her presidential campaign inherited what she called a “bankrupt” data operation. Clinton also went on to reaffirm her belief that Russia somehow hacked the presidential election and changed the results, suggesting the Russians “weaponized” the emails and leaks, influencing voters to choose Trump instead.
During her honest discussion, Clinton even spoke about former FBI Director James Comey. The former presidential candidate claimed that her campaign started going wrong, and her support began slipping, as soon as Comey sent a letter to Congress on October 28, 2016 explaining how he would be reviewing Clinton’s email case.
What Clinton failed to mention, however, is that pollsters have disagreed with her claim that she would have won the election if it was held on October 27, 2016. According to Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, it’s not necessarily true that the letter really changed Clinton’s campaign all that much. Reports suggest that while Comey’s letter did immediately have an impact on the campaign, it was only a matter of two percentage points – and even then, Clinton recovered those points in just a few days.
Nate Cohn, a data specialist who works for The New York Times, said we should be skeptical about Clinton’s claims. He suggests that Clinton was rebounding during the weekend before the election took place.
It is more likely, therefore, that Clinton lost the election because she was not aligned with the views of voters throughout American heartlands. Working class voters were concerned about immigration, building a wall, strengthening the economy, and bringing jobs back to America. Clinton clearly failed to address these issues.
During her Q&A, Clinton also suggested that there is a big problem with fake news stories. She told her interviewers that Facebook and other social media giants must do a better job in the future of tackling these fake stories. However, other experts have shown that “fake news” didn’t play a huge role in the election. Matthew Gentzkow, a professor from Standford, and Hunt Allcott, a professor from New York University, wrote in February that fake news didn’t sway the results.
Pearl Harbor and “Nothing Burgers”
Social media reacted in outrage after learning that Clinton even compared her email scandal to Pearl Harbor. During the question and answer session, she claimed that the media covered her email fiasco as if it were Pearl Harbor, seemingly missing the fact that deleting 30,000 emails is a serious matter.
On stage, Clinton called it the “biggest nothing burger ever,” but if the election results showed us anything, it’s that the voters disagree. By shrugging off the seriousness of an FBI investigation, and claiming that her email scandal is a non-issue, Clinton alienated a lot of traditional voters who didn’t believe she was trustworthy.
The FBI found that Clinton had shared classified information to people without the necessary credentials on multiple occasions. During an inspection of her personal email server, the authorities also discovered that she had purposely removed thousands of emails that have not since been recovered. Clinton even refused to turn over all her emails relating to work.
Interestingly, Clinton also claimed that she had previously attempted to warn authorities and the press that Russia was meddling in the election. The former presidential candidate even suggested that the Obama administration knew about it, but didn’t act.