Here is what Hillary Clinton had to say earlier this week:
“I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost.”
“It’s important that Americans…understand that Putin wants to bring us down. He was an old KGB agent.”
“We saw evidence of [Russian involvement] and we could track it. But they were shooed away.”
“The Russians are increasingly..launching cyber attacks. A lot of the information they’ve stolen they use for internal purposes. So this was different because they went public.”
“That was the conclusion. I think it’s fair to ask how did that actually influence the campaign and how did they know what messages to deliver. Who told them? Who were they coordinating with or colluding
with? I’m leaning Trump.”
“Within one hour of the Access Hollywood tapes being leaked, the Russians or say Wikileaks — same thing — dumped the John Podesta emails.”
“The Russians in my opinion could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they had been guided by Americans.”
“My email account was turned into the biggest scandal since Lord knows when. And, you know, in the book I’m just using everything that anybody else said about it besides me to basically say this was the biggest nothing-burger ever. It was a mistake. I’ve said it was a mistake, and obviously if I could turn the clock back I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. But the way that it was used was very damaging.”
“They were run of the mill emails. Stuff that were so common. Within one hour they dumped them and then began to weaponize them. They had their allies like Infowars say the most outlandish, absurd lies you could imagine. They had to be ready for that.”
“That really influenced the information people were relying on. If you look at Facebook the vast majority of the news items posted were fake. They were connected to, as we now know, the 1000 Russian agents… They were connected to the bots. It was such a new experience. I understand why people on Facebook would think ‘oh Hillary Clinton did that. I did not know that.'”
“Fake news…lies that’s a good word too. The other side was using content that was just flat out false and delivering it in a very personalized way. Above the radar screen and below.”
“We know it hurt us, as I explain in my book, the Comey letter which was now we know partly based on a false memo from the Russians. It was a classic piece of Russian disinformation. So for whatever reason, he dumps that on me on October 28 and I immediately start falling.”
“Well if you went all the way back, doing things that others have done before was no longer acceptable. I didn’t break any rule nobody said don’t do this. I was very responsible and not at all careless. You end up with a situation that was exploited.”
“Here’s a really telling statistic that has been validated. I had this old fashioned idea that it would matter what I would do as president. We had a great tech program and a really good set of policies. In 2008 which as the last time you had a contested election, the policies put forth by President Obama, Senator McCain got 222 minutes of airtime. In 2016 despite my best efforts, we got 32 minutes, total, over 18 months.”
“Media forces on the Republican side are entrenched and very effective. They’re beginning to call the shots on those local stations. Local TV is still incredibly powerful.”
“I have been on many speaking platforms with many men who are in office or running for office.And the crowd gets you going and I watch my male counterparts and they beat the podium and they yell and the crowd loves it. I have tried that and it’s been less than successful.”
“Men got paid for the speeches they made…I got paid for the speeches I made.”
“I have to say, Walt I never thought someone would throw out my entire career…because I made a couple of speeches.”
I believe there is little to add to this other than that this entire conversation explains exactly why Hillary lost the election – two points bring that into focus:
1) That the accuracy and legitimacy of the emails were never denied is damning. The emails speak for themself in how the Clinton team behaved, viewed the world, viewed the American people, so on and so forth.
2) The operative sentence in this conversation has to be “I didn’t break any rule nobody said don’t do this.” Nobody said, “Don’t do this” – so that makes it okay to do? That is the logic we desire in a President? Okay to use the media to acquire debate questions beforehand? Okay to use your position as Secretary of State to acquire donations to your foundation? Okay to work United States government deals with the Russians where your husband also happened to get paid? That in Hillary’s mind it was okay as long as “nobody said don’t do this” is exactly why Hillary Clinton is not President.
The American public figured that out. That Hillary has yet to figure that out is disturbing.
Donald Trump may be morally deficient but Hillary is clearly clueless that by relying on other people to say “don’t do this” in order to know right from wrong demonstrates someone who is void of morals and she continues to reaffirm that void each time she speaks.