Hillary Clinton has been to hell and back — entirely in her own mind — since she lost the 2016 presidential election. She has entertained countless scenarios that might have led to a different outcome, never once stopping to consider that her loss may have been the result of running a really bad campaign.
Her latest rationale, as she contemplates throwing her hat in the ring once again in time for the 2020 election, is that maybe she wasn’t “gutsy” enough last time around.
In a recent radio interview with the BBC to promote her latest book, which she co-authored with her daughter titled “The Book of Gutsy Women,” the former secretary of state was asked to name a time in her life when she failed to live up to the expectations of a “gutsy” woman.
While many may have cited the Benghazi terrorist attacks of 2012, Clinton naturally pivoted to her humiliating defeat in the previous presidential election.
“It’s a question that I ask myself all the time because trying to live a gusty life doesn’t mean you’re always successful in doing so,” she asserted. And I think about the presidential campaign of 2016. I thought I was as gutsy as I could be, but I probably could have been gutsier,” Clinton continued. “If I figured out a way to reveal what was happening in a more effective way.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 12, 2019
Still Blaming the Russians
Clinton fleshed out her argument that she needed to be gutsier by pointing out that the Russians had been involved with a “theft of material” – presumably the Wikileaks DNC emails.
“You know when we talked about how the Russians were behind the theft of material, a lot of people thought, ‘What are they talking about?’ They just dismissed us in both the public and the press,” the former first lady said.
“So, could I have been gutsier in pushing that point and trying to alert people to what is going on? … So we all need to be a little gutsier in trying to get to the truth about what is happening.”
It stands to reason that Barack Obama should have been a little gutsier as well, considering he and his administration issued a stand-down order in trying to combat Russian interference in the election.
Obama knew Russian President Vladimir Putin was interfering in our election while it was happening and chose to do nothing about it. It was his former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who reportedly issued the “stand-down” order to officials who were developing plans to respond to Russian election meddling attempts in 2016. (RELATED: Hillary: Gutsiest Thing I Ever Did Was Stay With My Womanizing Husband)
Asked the gutsiest thing she's ever done, Hillary Clinton tells @GMA, "Personally, make the decision to stay in my marriage."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 1, 2019
Will She Be Gusty in 2020?
Hillary also addressed rumors swirling about her potential desire to jump into the 2020 election.
“I try to give the best advice I can to the candidates who are running because my goal is to help retire the current incumbent,” she said, neither confirming nor denying.
She genuinely believes she won in 2016, recently saying “maybe there does need to be a re-match” and boasting, “I can beat him again.”
In previous interviews, Clinton claimed the “gutsiest” thing she’s ever done was to stay married to Bill Clinton, despite his numerous affairs and accusations of assault.
It’d probably viewed as “gutsy” if she would ever actually admit to losing in 2016 because she was a terrible candidate.
We won’t hold our breath.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession