Hillary was right
Asked to explain her election loss, Hillary Clinton told the Women on Women Conference: “I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but were scared off.”
Hillary was right.
Perhaps for the first time in her sordid and corrupt career, people decided to no longer cover up for Hillary Clinton. FBI Director James Comey probably had enough after having let Hillary off the hook months earlier when he did not recommend prosecution for her handling of top-secret emails found on her private server. He could no longer run interference after it was revealed to him that Hillary had sent top secret emails to her aide Huma Abedin who then sent them to her husband, disgraced former NY congressman Anthony Weiner who was under FBI investigation for possible child abuse.
Whether it was the Russians, or someone inside the Obama Administration or the Sanders campaign, as has been alleged, who released the Clinton and Podesta emails to Wikileaks, first to help Bernie Sanders and then Donald Trump, the main point is lost. That is the fact that those released emails revealed major corruption in the Clinton campaign and that these revelations were indeed damaging to the Clinton candidacy.
The Wikileaks release, what Hillary calls the “Russian Wikileaks,” these emails did, indeed, raise doubts in the minds of people who might have been otherwise inclined to vote for her. The emails, along with the Comey revelations, perhaps reminded voters of such matters as the corrupt deal Hillary made as Secretary of State with the Russians. The New York Times: Cash flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal, April 23, 2015, reports that Hillary Clinton signed off on a uranium deal that allowed a Russian company to purchase over one fifth of American uranium. Partially hidden from the Obama Administration, the deal was followed by millions donated to the Clinton Foundation and a half a million dollar “honorarium” for former President Bill Clinton to deliver a speech in Moscow. The voters perhaps smelled the hypocrisy embedded within the shady Clinton Foundation as Hillary, while posing as the champion of the working poor, worked with a foundation where the big bucks went to political friends in the form of salaries while peanuts went to charities and to Haitian earthquake relief.
Hillary was right to claim that voters were “scared off” as many no doubt recalled the constant stream of sleazy public and private scandals of the Clinton presidential years. One of the worst was the 1996 “Chinagate” scandal which involved allegations that China bought influence in the Clinton Administration. That breaking scandal was eclipsed by the Monica Lewinski scandal. Donald Trump exposed the hypocrisy of Hillary posing as a champion of women while she demonized women who accused her husband of sexual abuse and rape. The voters might have remembered what kleptomaniacs the Clinton’s were as they tried to swipe furniture from the White House as they left, a practice that Hillary apparently continued as Secretary of State.