The following is an excerpt from Alana Abramson | May 31, 2017 | Fortune.com |
Hillary Clinton may not run for office again, but she's not staying silent — especially about the 2016 election.
Speaking at Recode's 2017 Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Clinton gave an unfiltered assessment of the 2016 campaign that ended with her unexpected loss to Donald Trump.
"I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that's not why I lost," she said. "I think it's important we learn the real lessons of this last campaign."
She lost, she told Recode's Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, because of unfair media coverage, an "unprecedented" campaign waged against her by a foreign adversary, James Comey's decision to re-open her email probe, criticism of her candidacy that she claimed bordered on misogyny, and a prevailing sentiment that she would be victorious, which hampered voter turnout.
Here's a look at what exactly she said about the factors that contributed to her loss:
Russia's Attempts at Sabotage
Clinton noted that she had no control of the Russians, which she said "weaponized" technology against her. She cited the deluge of false articles that circulated on Facebook in the months preceding the election that were "connected to the 1000 Russian agents," and WikiLeaks, which spent the month before the election releasing a daily trove of emails from her campaign Chairman John Podesta. Google searches for WikiLeaks, she said, were highest in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, swing states crucial to her victory that she narrowly lost.
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