In light of all of the speculation on why Hillary Clinton, a former candidate in the 2016 presidential election, lost, Clinton herself has decided to voice her own beliefs in her new book.
In this upcoming publication, set for release in September, Clinton will reportedly discuss the role that Russian interference and James Comey played in her defeat. She feels the need to let America know “the whole story,” according to her entrusted contacts.
According to an article from TheHill, one of Clinton’s associates explained her reasoning and predicted the memoir to be a “bombshell” in public thinking:
“She wants the whole story out there from her own perspective. I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how much she reveals.”
Another one of her associates stated that the former candidate is certain that she would have won had it not been for the imposing factors she is writing on.
In Clinton’s mind, Russia and Comey are primarily the factors to blame for her loss, a statement the media is only justifying with the recent news on Russian interference. In a speech at the New York Women for Women event in May, she took only partial responsibility for public opposition. She credited much of the blame to the former FBI Director’s October 28 email report about her emails, telling the crowd:
“If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.”
The longtime politician and former First Lady also stands firm that misogyny and sexism are also major factors contributing to her loss.
Other politicians have expressed frustration at her refusal to take responsibility. New York Senator Chuck Schumer told the Washington Post on Monday:
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself.”
Schumer is not alone in thinking that Clinton failed at expressing the core values of the Democratic Party in her election campaign. He stood with other dissatisfied Democrats when he claimed that Clinton only really succeeded in showing that her side was “against Trump.”
At his launch of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Pennsylvania in March, Vice President Joe Biden also criticized Clinton’s campaigning techniques:
“What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class. You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess.”
In Las Vegas, Biden reinforced his thinking on Clinton’s abilities when he confidently stated at the May hedge fund conference:
“I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.”
In the meantime, Clinton has been actively writing and tweaking her book with her speechwriter Dan Schwerin and plans to publish with Simon and Schuster in September.
She has also been aiding Democratic efforts and helping prepare Democrats to take the House in the 2018 elections. Through her PAC, Onward Together, she hopes to see Democratic victory in the next campaign once again.