Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview on Sunday that after losing an election, you shouldn’t blame others, only yourself.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week,” Schumer discussed how Democrats should move forward after their latest election loss, which they suffered on Tuesday in Georgia when Democrat Jon Ossoff was beaten by Republican Karen Handel.
"Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda,” Schumer said. “Policy, platform message that appeal to the middle class, that resonate with the middle class, and show that, and unite Democrats.”
"This economic message platform is going to resonate,” Schumer added. “It’s what we were missing, and it’s not going to be baby steps; it’s going to be bold."
Then, likely without even realizing it, Schumer made a statement virtually identical to the many made by those who have been critical of how Clinton has handled herself since losing to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
"But you lose an election, you don’t blame other people, you blame yourself," Schumer said.
Schumer’s claim that Democrats shouldn’t “blame other people” seems to conflict with Clinton’s strategy of continuously blaming everyone but herself for losing to Trump, a candidate many analysts believed couldn’t win.
In May, Clinton told New York Magazine she would have won had it not been for the actions of former FBI Director James Comey and others.
“I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin,” Clinton said.
“Whoever comes next, this is not going to end. Republicans learned that if you suppress votes you win,” Clinton added.
A number of Democrats have since grown frustrated with Clinton’s blame game, which they believe will hurt the party’s long-term chances.
In June, after Clinton bashed the party’s voter data, which she called “mediocre to poor,” former Democratic Party data director Andrew Therriault said, “DNC data folks, today’s accusations are f***ing bulls**t, and I hope you understand the good you did despite that nonsense,” Therriault tweeted, according to the Washington Examiner.
Although it seems as though Schumer didn’t intend to knock Clinton in Sunday’s interview, his message is one many in both the Democratic Party and Republican Party have been attempting to convey to Clinton in recent months — so far, to no avail.