Hillary Clinton has been and can be called a lot of things, but “humble” is not one of them.
During a Tuesday appearance in National Public Radio, the failed presidential candidate said she would have defeated Donald Trump in November, she “would have been seen as a genius.”
“Did you underestimate the way that your familiarity with the American public could negatively impact your campaign?” Rachel Martin asked Clinton.
“Well, I thought it was pretty revolutionary that I was the first woman to have a realistic chance of becoming president,” Hillary responded.
“So I don’t know how any woman who is not familiar to people, since we have so many hurdles to overcome, could have even been in that position that I found myself. So if I won, you know, I would have been seen as a genius, my campaign would have been as perfect.
“I understand all of that. But I’m not writing this book, I’m not talking to you about it because I’m somehow aggrieved,” she insisted.
“I don’t feel that at all.”
But as Vanity Fair (yes, Vanity Fair!) points out, Clinton has offered a laundry list of culprits she has blamed for her demise.
- Barack Obama: Of the 44th president, Clinton writes, “I do wonder sometimes about what would have happened if President Obama had made a televised address to the nation in the fall of 2016 warning that our democracy was under attack. Maybe more Americans would have woken up to the threat in time. We’ll never know.” In another part of the book, she notes that Obama urged her to lay off of Sanders in the primary, despite wanting to go after the fact that his plans “did not add up” and were “little more than a pipe dream.”
- Bernie Sanders: During the primaries, Clinton says, the senator from Vermont “resort[ed] to innuendo and impugning on my character,” and those attacks “caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”
- Joe Biden: Clinton doesn’t so much blame Biden for her loss as she does throw shade at him for what she sees as some bizarre Monday Morning quarterbacking from Uncle Joe. “Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 ‘did not talk about what it always stood for—and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,’” she says. “I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class.”
- James Comey: Of course, former F.B.I director James Comey receives some (probably warranted!) finger-pointing as well. Her image as a candidate for president, Clinton writes, went from a picture of a seasoned leader to a scandal-plagued one and “[James] Comey’s letter turned that picture upside down.”
- The New York Times: Clinton blames the media in general and the Times specifically for its coverage of her e-mail scandal.
- Sexism: “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking. I’m at a loss…I think it’s partly because I’m a woman.”
- Gullible Americans: “I think it’s fair to say that I didn’t realize how quickly the ground was shifting under all our feet. I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment.”
- Vladimir Putin: A (well-deserved!) heap of blame goes to the Russian president. Clinton says Putin held a “personal vendetta” against her and a “deep resentment against” for the U.S. “I never imagined that he would have the audacity to launch a massive covert attack against our own democracy, right under our noses—and that he’d get away with it.”