We all know that Hillary Clinton blames the Russians and James Comey’s letter for her loss in the 2016 presidential election. But many were surprised to hear her put some of the blame on the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Clinton was face to face with journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the Recode conference in California. When Mossberg said something about the Democrats falling “way behind” Republicans on technology, Clinton unleashed what she thought about the DNC.
“I get the nomination. So I’m now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party,” Clinton said Wednesday. “I mean, it was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it.”
This stinging rebuke of her party leadership surprised even her allies and former aides. Some said both privately and publically that Clinton was at risk of alienating Democrats who supported her and were loyal to the candidate.
A former aid Andrew Therriault upon hearing Hillary’s comments was furious and tweeted:
Associates of Hillary were quick to note that her criticism of the DNC was a one-off event, but that her grievances are real and that she had spoken about them long before Election Day. Clinton has a history of comments regarding how the party infrastructure did not serve her well. She maintains that her party’s data operation was utterly inadequate and could have been fixed easily.
It seems that Hillary Clinton has spent a lot of time dissecting the reasons behind her surprising loss in November. She has separated the reasons into two categories: those that could have been changed and those that were out of her control. She places Russia’s meddling, Wikileaks hacks, media coverage of her private email server and Comey’s actions in the “out of her control” category. But maybe the most frustrating rationale for her loss were the things that her allies in the DNC should have done better.
Terry Shumaker, a long-time Clinton friend and former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad, said, “She clearly feels and many of us feel that the election was stolen from her. It’s undisputed how close the margin was in the three states that made the difference. Am I angry? Yes. Do I assume she is? Yes.”
One of Clinton’s former advisers may have touched on the reasons Clinton seems consumed with finding others to blame. “She doesn’t want to be the person that lost to Donald Trump. It’s one thing to lose to Barack Obama. It’s entirely a different thing to lose to Donald Trump.”
During an appearance on MSNBC Rep. Ellison pivoted when questioned by Mika and said that we are looking to the future.
What do you think about Clinton’s criticism of the DNC?