Some thought she was shirking responsibility for her role in her own campaign. Chief among her critics was President Trump, who quickly took to Twitter to call Clinton out.
In a thought spanning two tweets, sent 15 minutes apart, Trump claimed Comey actually helped Clinton during the election and said Democrats used Russian hackers as a scapegoat for their loss.
“FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony … Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?” the tweets read.
A president implicitly lashing out at his own FBI director in a tweet, or in any other medium, is a bit unusual.
But it isn’t surprising to see Trump tweeting about Clinton. He’s done so at least 20 times since defeating her in the 2016 presidential election. Most of these tweets mention his victory and either disparage Clinton or glorify himself or both.
For example, in December he tweeted, “I have not heard any of the pundits or commentators discussing the fact that I spent FAR LESS MONEY on the win than Hillary on the loss!”
During the event Amanpour and Clinton said they expected his tweets.
“Fine. Better than the interfering in foreign affairs,” Clinton said when Amanpour suggested Trump would tweet about the event. “If he wants to tweet about me then I am happy to be the diversion because we have lot of things to worry about.”
“He should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote than doing some other things that would be important for the country,” Clinton added.
Others in Trump’s camp tweeted about Clinton’s comments. Kellyanne Conway tweeted that Hillary “ignored,” “called us deplorable/irredeemable,” “had oodles of $$ & no message” and “lost to a better candidate.”
She signed it, “From: Woman in the White House.”
Dan Scavino Jr., the White House director of social media, tweeted that Clinton hasn’t “accepted the results of the 2016 election.”
Republicans aren’t the only ones who suggested Clinton’s argument was flawed, however.
Robert Shrum, a Democratic strategist who advised two losing presidential nominees, Al Gore and John F. Kerry, told The Washington Post Clinton isn’t taking enough responsibility.
“I have a measure of real sympathy, but it is also true that you can’t just blame the things that happened to you,” Shrum said. “Part of credibility here begins with saying, ‘These were things that happened to me that really hurt and could’ve cost me the election, but there were decisions I wish I made differently as well.’”
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