President Trump has not gotten past the November election, and it appears his opponent Hillary Clinton hasn’t either.
Speaking at a Tuesday luncheon for the charity Women for Women International, Clinton mocked Trump’s performance in office so far and gave what she called her “excruciating analysis” of why she lost the election.
“I was on the way to winning, until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off,” she told moderator Christiane Amanpour. Clinton added that she’s writing a book and it’s been “a painful process reliving the campaign.”
When Amanpour suggested a tweet might be coming her way from the Oval Office, Clinton quipped, “Better that than interfering in foreign affairs … I’m happy to be the diversion.”
Amanpour asked Clinton about Trump’s recent statement that he’d be honored to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances to which Clinton remarked, “Negotiations are critical, but they have to be part of broader strategy. Not just thrown out in a tweet some morning.”
Clinton issued a withering critique of President Trump’s performance so far, including his obsession with recasting the result and what appears to be his lack of preparation on important issues.
“Health care is complicated,” she said, in reference to Trump’s contention in March that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
Clinton said that Trump “should worry less about the election and …,” putting her hand to her mouth as if shouting so he could hear, “my winning the popular vote.”
Since the November election, Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that the reason Clinton won the popular vote (by nearly 3 million votes) is that people voted illegally. Just last week Trump was passing out maps of the Electoral College to reporters in the Oval Office.
Trump has also repeatedly attacked Clinton during his first hundred days in office for various reasons, suggesting that both opponents have not completely gotten over what was admittedly a vicious campaign.
A significant portion of the interview was spent discussing possible reasons behind Clinton’s loss in the presidential election, with Clinton pointing the finger, if not by name, at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It’s clear he interfered in our election,” Clinton said. “And it was clear it interfered to hurt me and to help my opponent, and if you chart my opponent and his campaign’s statements, they quite coordinated with the goals of that leader, who shall remain nameless.”
“Ask yourself this: Within an hour or two of the ‘Access Hollywood’ videotape being made public, the Russian theft of John Podesta’s emails hit WikiLeaks,” Clinton said. “What a coincidence. So, I mean, you just can’t make this stuff up.”
Clinton acknowledged that she made mistakes in the campaign: “Oh, my gosh, yes. You know, you’ll read my confession and my request for absolution.”
But then she reiterated that not all of the problems with her campaign were self-caused. “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days,” she said.
Clinton also indicated that she will continue being active and speaking out as “a private citizen and a part of the resistance.”
The election may be over, but the campaign might not ever be.
Alyse Walsh contributed to this report.