Clin­ton slams DNC for lack of cam­paign sup­port

Dis­misses email server scan­dal as ‘noth­ing-burger’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY SALLY PER­SONS AND DOU­GLAS ERNST

For­mer Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton said Wed­nes­day the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee gave her “noth­ing” af­ter she clinched the nom­i­na­tion.

“I set up my cam­paign and we have our own data op­er­a­tion. I get the nom­i­na­tion. So I’m now the nom­i­nee for the Demo­cratic Party. I in­herit noth­ing from the Demo­cratic Party. I mean, it was bank­rupt,” she said at the Code Con­fer­ence in Cal­i­for­nia.

“I had to in­ject money into it to keep it go­ing.”

In the wide-rang­ing in­ter­view, she also dis­missed the scan­dal sur­round­ing her han­dling of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion on a pri­vate server as a “noth­ing-burger” and found numer­ous other forces be­sides her­self to blame for her stun­ning loss to Don­ald Trump.

Mrs. Clin­ton said that she felt the in­flu­ence of Rus­sia was a ma­jor fac­tor, es­pe­cially on so­cial me­dia, and that fake posts were a huge in­flu­ence on peo­ple’s vote.

“The other side was us­ing con­tent that was just flat out false, and de­liv­er­ing it in a very per­son­al­ized way, both above the radar screen and be­low,” Mrs. Clin­ton said. “That re­ally in­flu­enced the in­for­ma­tion that peo­ple were re­ly­ing on. And there have been some stud­ies since the elec­tion. The vast ma­jor­ity of the news items posted were fake.”

When asked whether Pres­i­dent Trump knew about the Rus­sian in­flu­ence and the fake posts, she said she thought so.

“Yes, I’m lean­ing Trump,” she said. “I think it’s pretty hard not to.”

Mrs. Clin­ton also said that while her cam­paign tried to grap­ple with what was hap­pen­ing, most peo­ple felt that her vic­tory was in­evitable so the Rus­sia is­sue could be passed off un­til af­ter the elec­tion.

“I be­lieve that what was hap­pen­ing to me was un­prece­dented,” she said. “I also think I was the vic­tim of a very broad as­sump­tion I was go­ing to win. I never be­lieved that.”

But when she was asked about her worst cam­paign “mis­judg­ment,” her an­swer was the pri­vate server she used as Pres­i­dent Obama’s top diplo­mat, which prompted a long in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI.

“My email ac­count was turned into the big­gest scan­dal since Lord knows when,” Mrs. Clin­ton said, go­ing on to play it down and ex­cuse her­self.

“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 … 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,” she said.

A moder­a­tor then asked “what you think you mis­judged.

“If you went all the way back, do­ing things that oth­ers had done,” Mrs. Clin­ton replied. “There was no law against it. There was no rule, noth­ing of that sort. So I didn’t break any rule. No­body said, ‘don’t do this,’ and I was very re­spon­si­ble and not at all care­less … It was mad­den­ing.”

Hours af­ter the in­ter­view, Mr. Trump took to Twit­ter to as­sign blame/credit him­self.

“Crooked Hil­lary Clin­ton now blames ev­ery­body but her­self, re­fuses to say she was a ter­ri­ble can­di­date. Hits Face­book & even Dems & DNC,” he tweeted Wed­nes­day even­ing.

This prompted a tart re­ply from Mrs. Clin­ton, al­lud­ing to Mr. Trump’s in­fa­mous-typo tweet from Wed­nes­day’s early-morn­ing hours. The for­mer first lady wrote “Peo­ple in cov­fefe houses shouldn’t throw cov­fefe.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS

For­mer Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton said she felt the Rus­sia in­flu­ence was a ma­jor fac­tor in her elec­tion loss to Pres­i­dent Trump, es­pe­cially on so­cial me­dia.

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