2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost the electoral vote back in December, giving Trump the presidency. Beating Trump by nearly 3 million popular votes, Clinton has been outspoken on how, under different circumstances, she believes she could have easily taken the presidency.
Hillary has blamed her unpopularity among the electoral college on many things, one major flaw in her campaign being her email scandal.
In March of 2015, Clinton’s email scandal went public. She had used a private email server in her time as secretary of state- a clear violation of State Department policies. On July 23rd, 2015, the FBI opened a criminal investigation after the emails were found to contain confidential information, a security risk.
Last July, Comey delivered his harsh opinion on how Hillary handled classified information, calling her “extremely careless.” Nonetheless, Comey recommended against pressing charges against Clinton, closing the case.
In early October 2016, Anthony Weiner’s computer was seized by the FBI following his underage sexting scandal. His wife at the time, Huma Abedin, had been a Clinton confidante and campaign aide. Investigators found that thousands of Abedin’s emails had backed up onto Weiner’s computer, including some that had moved through Clinton’s server.
On October 28th, 2016, former FBI director James Comey wrote a letter to Congress addressing the emails found on Weiner’s computer, stating that the FBI had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.” This put the email scandal fresh in people’s’ minds.
With the information of Clinton’s misdoings actively circulating in the midst of the election, her reputation was left quite damaged, unrepairable with a week and a half until the election.
What’s Happening Now:
Recently, Clinton has decided to speak out about her downfall in the 2016 election. She blames many outside influences that lead to her loss, but also herself and her campaign.
“Did we make mistakes? Of course we did. Did I make mistakes? Oh, my gosh yes,” Clinton told Christiane Amanpour at “Women for Women International” in New York
Clinton admits that she made the mistake of not attempting to address James Comey’s statements surrounding her email scandal. Clinton had the intention to “hit back hard” at Comey, for his comments about her, which included calling her “extremely careless” for utilizing a private server as Secretary of State.
“My first instinct was that my campaign should hit back hard and explain to the public that Comey had badly overstepped his bounds — the same argument [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein would make months after the election,” Clinton wrote in her recently published book.
She dismissed any plans to address the situations when her campaign advised against it.
“In the end, we decided it would be better to just let it go and try to move on. Looking back, that was a mistake.”
Rather than taking a confrontational approach in attempt to defend her reputation, Clinton and her campaign just hoped the scandal would blow over, but her credibility among the electoral college had already been severely damaged, creating a hurdle in her campaign that people never quite got over.