The same hubris that lost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election continues to emanate from her.
In assessing her defeat to Donald Trump, Clinton almost claimed to take responsibility for the loss.
Then she took that responsibility and heaped it on everybody else.
CNN’s Jake Tapper quipped,
“Hillary Clinton today taking full responsibility for the election loss, except for the part when she blamed Comey, Wikileaks, misogyny and the media.”
Clinton’s assessment shows just how out-of-touch she is.
First, Comey did her a favor by unilaterally raising the bar for illegally sharing classified information; Comey said he cleared her because she didn’t have the “intent” to share the data. Of course, that isn’t the legal standard.
Hillary blamed Wikileaks, yet she was the one who drafted the emails discussing backroom deals and other unethical actions.
Clinton blamed misogyny, but a recent play mounted by the theatre faculty at NYU showed that gender bias likely played a small role. In the play, the first presidential debate between Clinton and Trump was reenacted verbatim (including facial expressions, hand gestures, and voice inflections), except the gender roles were swapped.
Much to the surprise of the left-wing faculty and audience, female Trump proved to be far more likable, and male Clinton was widely detested.
We heard a lot of “now I understand how this happened”—meaning how Trump won the election. People got upset. There was a guy two rows in front of me who was literally holding his head in his hands, and the person with him was rubbing his back. The simplicity of Trump’s message became easier for people to hear when it was coming from a woman—that was a theme. One person said, “I’m just so struck by how precise Trump’s technique is.” Another—a musical theater composer, actually—said that Trump created “hummable lyrics,” while Clinton talked a lot, and everything she was was true and factual, but there was no “hook” to it…Someone said that Jonathan Gordon [the male Hillary Clinton] was “really punchable” because of all the smiling. And a lot of people were just very surprised by the way it upended their expectations about what they thought they would feel or experience. There was someone who described Brenda King [the female Donald Trump] as his Jewish aunt who would take care of him, even though he might not like his aunt. Someone else described her as the middle school principal who you don’t like, but you know is doing good things for you.
If anything, gender bias helped Hillary. Had the results of the play confirmed the progressive narrative, it would be championed as an important anthropological study. Instead it’s been quickly forgotten.
Hillary Clinton had the opportunity to leave the public eye with some dignity, but she continues to embarrass herself. She vows to be a member of the “resistance”, except the resistance doesn’t want her, which is just like the small-business owner whom Hillary praised, but said she didn’t support Hillary and was voting for Bernie Sanders.
Hillary had a good run. It’s time for her to enjoy being a private citizen without subjecting the public to these narcissistic deflections about why she lost.