Kellyanne Conway says Hillary Should Blame Herself for Election Loss, Not FBI Director


Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that instead of blaming the FBI for her historic loss, Hillary Clinton should ‘look in the mirror.’

‘I just can’t believe it’s always somebody else’s fault. Sometimes you just have to take a look in the mirror and reflect on what went wrong,’ Conway told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’

Then she went into her own diagnosis: ‘What about the fact that they just got it wrong? What about the fact they weren’t in touch with Americans, and the culture zeitgeist, and what motivates many Americans?’ she asked.

‘They misread America. They did not have her in red states. They were pretending they were going to turn red blue. They were pretending,’ she added.

Conway was referencing Hillary Clinton’s statement to supporters that FBI Director James Comey ‘stopped our momentum’ with his bombshell announcement on October 28 that the bureau was taking another look at Clinton’s emails.

Then two days before Election Day, Comey essentially let Clinton off the hook with another letter – that that news development had the effect of forcing the scandal back onto front pages again during Clinton’s final election push.

Comey in July had recommended against charging Clinton with a crime for her handling of classified information and use of a private email server.

Conway also was referencing the Clinton camp’s inability to garner President Obama’s turnout in heavily Democratic urban areas and counties, as well as Trump’s ability to run up huge margins in rural and more conservative areas.

For example, she got 43,000 fewer votes than Obama did in 2012 in Milwaukee County, contributing to her loss in Wisconsin.

Whatever the causes, Clinton was unable to break the highest ‘glass ceiling’ – although as ‘Meet the Press’ moderator Chuck Todd noted in the interview, she became the first female campaign manager to help capture the White House.

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.

As Democrats continued to try to pick up the pieces, President Obama prepared to address the Democratic National Committee in an afternoon phone call. Hillary Clinton plans to address House Democrats in a separate call.

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 investigation was sparked by a report that revealed Weiner had been sending explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.

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.

Democrats have spent much of this week reeling for their loss, with many in the party beginning a process of soul-searching designed to sort out what exactly went wrong.

Liberals like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren say Democrats must embrace a more aggressive economic message — one Clinton largely shied away from during her campaign.

Clinton’s blaming of Comey echoes what her aides have said in the days since the election.

‘We believe that we lost this election in the last week. Comey’s letter in the last 11 days of the election both helped depress our turnout and also drove away some of our critical support among college-educated white voters—particularly in the suburbs,’ Navin Nayak, head of Clinton’s opinion research division, wrote in a letter obtained by Politico.

‘We also think Comey’s 2nd letter, which was intended to absolve Sec. Clinton, actually helped to bolster Trump’s turnout.’

Weiner conduct came under investigation in late September, after exclusively reported on Sept. 21 that the former politician carried on a months-long online relationship with a 15-year-old high school girl.

He exchanged flirtatious and sexually-charged messages with the teen for months after the girl struck up a conversation with him on Twitter in January.

The disgraced former congressman told the girl he woke up ‘hard’ after thinking about her, sent her shirtless photos, and complimented her body.

He also encouraged her to talk to him on the video-chat application Skype.

Weiner and Abedin have split up since the latest scandal.

Source: Daily Mail UK