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MSNBC host on Clinton's excuses for not winning election: 'That was pathetic

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called Hillary Clinton's excuses for losing the presidential election as "pathetic." He noted that Clinton's poorly run campaign was the real reason she lost. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel had a lively discussion Wednesday morning about failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remarks Tuesday expressing her belief as to why she thought she lost the election, Among other things, Clinton blamed Russian interference and FBI Director James Comey for her surprising loss.

After playing a clip of Clinton claiming to take responsibility for her loss but then placing blame on outside sources, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough began the conversation: "All right, so who's gonna say it on the set? Anybody?" he asked.

"That was pathetic. I'll say it. Let me go out, I'll get killed," Scarborough said. "Everybody I have talked to — Democrats, Independents, Republicans alike in the media — said that was pathetic. You know the 'I will take blame' was a throwaway line."

He said that he has always seen Clinton as a role model for his daughter.

"Here's a woman that I have said for years that I want my daughter to emulate for her toughness and her grittiness, and her perseverance," he said. "I've never seen anybody in public life as tough as Hillary Rodham Clinton. Never.

"This though, sadly. ... The fact that the entire campaign team, the Democratic party, everybody connected with her, everybody in American politics understands that Comey played a major role, and so did [Russian president Vladimir] Putin and so did a lot of things,  but at the end of the day, the buck stops at the top," Scarborough said.

He brought up the book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," noting that Clinton's poorly run campaign was the real reason she lost. "It was a pathetic campaign, it was a horrific campaign.

"My God, if she had actually won, what would this administration look like?" Scarborough asked rhetorically.

The panelists noted that Clinton still didn't understand why she lost, and both she and Trump were still obsessing over election results.

"We're mired in this conversation about something that happened months and months and months ago," co-panelist Willie Geist said.

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