Defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared on a live interview with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie this morning on NBC’s Today show, and yes, I suffered through watched it.
The interview was part of her promotional book tour for What Happened, her memoir of the 2016 campaign and her surprising defeat by Donald Trump. The BBC has a good rundown of all of the people Mrs Clinton blamed in her book, while Maureen Callahan of the New York Post wrote that Hillary Clinton’s book signing was as insufferable as you’d expect.
The interview went pretty much as I had anticipated, with Mrs Clinton making the obligatory yes-I-made-mistakes statement, but, as you’d expect, it contained the ‘but’ we’ve all come to expect. Her first target was James Comey, as it has frequently been before; there’s nothing new there. Then she moved on to Russia, and then to sexism and misogyny; it’s too bad that the interviewers didn’t follow up by asking why she thought that a majority, 53%, of white women voted for Mr Trump. Her ‘explanations’ concerning sexism were long, blaming votes against her as being culturally based rather than votes against her, as an individual.
Mr Lauer, whom I was surprised was allowed to be part of the interview, given Mrs Clinton specific criticism of an interview he did with her during the campaign, then asked Mrs Clinton whether she thought she had made enough mistakes in the campaign for her to have lost without all of the things she could not control, and she very bluntly answered that no, she didn’t think that.
Miss Guthrie asked how she could have lost to a candidate with as many negatives as Mr Trump had, which reminded me of her famous “why am I not fifty points ahead” rant. That was where the former Secretary of State demonstrated why she lost. She went into the fact that she is widely disliked, but blamed it not on her, personally, but said that as men become more successful, they also become better liked, while as women become more successful, they become less well liked. It was never about her!
Throughout the interview, I never lost the impression that Mrs Clinton thought that she was cheated out of the presidency, that she was somehow owed the presidency, because it was her f(ornicating) turn, damn it! It would have been hers, if only James Comey and Vladimir Putin and evil sexists hadn’t cheated her out of it, it would have been hers if only the American people had done their duty and voted for her in the states she expected to carry.
One point she mentioned specifically was that a pre-election poll had her 26 points ahead in the Philadelphia suburbs, meaning that she had tremendous support from women and minorities and whatevers, but that, when the ballots were cast, she only won the region by 13%, not enough to overcome Mr Trump’s advantage in the rest of Pennsylvania. She indicated that this was a result of the Comey letter, which she said, in a Vox interview yesterday, blaming it on husbands and boyfriends telling their wives and girlfriends that there’s no sense wasting their votes on her, she’s going to be in jail. There are those evil men again!
It was never her fault. The presidency was hers, apparently by inherent right of succession, and she was denied her throne by evil people and their nefarious designs. And the Electoral College, of course, also conceived of by men, white men.
I have said before that while I’m not particularly happy that Donald Trump is President, I am absotively, posilutely overjoyed that Hillary Clinton is not.