DailyMail.com — Nov 13, 2016
Hillary Clinton may still be coming to terms with her election defeat, but she’s already figured out who to blame.
Clinton blamed FBI Director James Comey’s decision to revive the investigation into her emails just days before people went to the polls as the reason for her loss.
On a call Saturday with top campaign donors, Clinton said her campaign was winning until Comey sent his letter to Congress on Oct. 28 announcing that the FBI had uncovered emails possibly related to its earlier probe into her use of a private server as secretary of state.
‘Our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum,’ Clinton told donors, according to the New York Times.
The new examination was sparked by an unrelated investigation into former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of her top aide, Huma Abedin.
The emails in question were found on Weiner’s laptop.
Clinton told the donors that her campaign was leading by large margins in nearly every battleground state and was tied in Arizona, a traditionally Republican stronghold, until Comey released his letter.
‘We were once again up in all but two of the battleground states, and we were up considerably in some that we ended up losing,’ Hillary said, according to the newspaper.
The campaign also said the letter was particularly damaging with white women, who they believed were on the fence until Comey’s announcement pushed them onto Team Trump.
White women voted for Trump in surprising numbers, and were a major factor in deciding several of the key swing states that put Trump in the White House.
Trump’s campaign and Republican supporters seized on the news, even though it was unclear whether Clinton’s correspondence was tied up in the probe.
Comey told lawmakers the Sunday before the election that the bureau had found no evidence to warrant criminal charges. His ‘all clear’ message only served to further motivate Trump supporters, Clinton told donors on the call.
In the nine days between Comey’s initial statement and his ‘all clear’ announcement, nearly 24 million people cast early ballots. That was roughly 18 percent of the expected total votes for president.
While Clinton accepted some blame of her loss, according to donors who listened to her call, she made little mention of the other factors driving Trump’s victory: A desire for change by voters, possible sexism, the difficulty of a political party winning a third White House term, her campaign’s all-but-dismissal of white working class voters and flaws within her own message.