Clinton slams DNC for lack of campaign support
Dismisses email server scandal as ‘nothing-burger’
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.”
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.