It’s been nearly a year since Hillary Clinton lost her second presidential contest to now-President Donald Trump — and she’s still having a very difficult time accepting it.
The former secretary of state is set to release a memoir about her loss on Tuesday. The book is titled, “What Happened,” and details Clinton’s life on the campaign trail and what it was like running against one of the most controversial political candidates in history.
Laundry list of excuses
In the book, Clinton also explains why she believes she lost — and her name is nowhere near the top of the list. Instead, Clinton spreads the blame in dozens of directions. Here is a running list of things Clinton has blamed her loss on:
- Russian interference through either a disinformation campaign via WikiLeaks or Trump-Russia collusion. She's also pointed blame at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Former FBI Director James Comey's criminal investigation of her use of a private email server while secretary of state
- Poor voter data from the Democratic National Committee. Clinton has described it as "mediocre, "poor," "nonexistent" and "wrong."
- Voter suppression and voter ID laws
- Barack Obama
- Bernie Sanders and his supporters
- Jill Stein
- The mainstream media, specifically the New York Times for aggressively covering her email scandal
- The Electoral College
- Bad polling
- People who assumed she would win
- "Gullible Americans"
- Fake News
In an interview with CBS News' “Sunday Morning” over the weekend, Clinton reiterated in a lightning round of excuses the reasons she believes she lost. In fact, according to video aggregation website Grabien, Clinton rattled off eight excuses in just two minutes.
It doesn’t add up
Clinton claims in her book that she takes “responsibility” for her loss. But how can someone truly take responsibility if they create more than a dozen excuses and spread the blame over numerous reasons?
Answer: they can’t. If Clinton truly believed she was at fault for her loss, she would lay blame solely on herself. After all, as the candidate, it was her job to provide leadership to her campaign and the tens of thousands of volunteers who worked tirelessly to elect her. She dropped the ball in some fashion, and because of that, Trump is president.