Why I lost to Donald Trump – Hillary Clinton

Hilary Clinton to visit Nigeria
Hilary Clinton

Former Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, blamed Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Director James Comey for her defeat in Tuesday’s presidential election.

Mrs. Clinton said in a conference call with her top campaign donors on Saturday that Mr. Trump was able to seize on both of Mr. Comey’s statements and used them to attack her, according to two participants on the call.

According to the participants who were on the call, Mrs. Clinton told her supporters on Saturday that her team had drafted a memo that looked at the changing opinion polls leading up to the election and that the letter from Mr. Comey proved to be a turning point.

The memo prepared by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, said voters who decided which candidate to support in the last week were more likely to support Trump than Clinton.

“In the end, late breaking developments in the race proved one hurdle too many for us to overcome,” the memo concluded.

Mrs. Clinton was projected by nearly every national public opinion poll as the heavy favourite going into the race but Republican Donald Trump won the election, shocking many throughout the nation and prompting widespread protests.

Mrs. Clinton has kept a low profile since her defeat after delivering her concession speech on Wednesday morning.

She said Mr. Comey’s decision to go public with the renewed examination of her email server had caused an erosion of support in the upper Midwest, according to three people familiar with the call.

Mrs. Clinton lost in Wisconsin, the first time since 1984 that the state favoured a Republican candidate in a presidential election.

Although the final result in Michigan has still not been tallied, it is leaning Republican, in a state that last favoured the Republican nominee in 1988.

Mr. Comey sent a letter to Congress few days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton mishandled classified information when she used a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2012.

The FBI’s director announced a week later that he had reviewed emails and continued to believe she should not be prosecuted, but the political damage was already done.

While the second letter cleared her of wrongdoing, Mrs. Clinton said that reinforced to Trump’s supporters that the system was rigged in her favour and motivated them to mobilise on the election day.

A spokesperson for the FBI could not immediately be reached for comment.

On the phone call, Dennis Chang, who served as Clinton’s finance chair, said her campaign and the national party had raised more than $900 million from more than three million individual donors, according to the two participants who spoke to Reuters.

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • O’ Jose

    Donald Trump blasts President Buhari as a tragedy

    “No sensible president continuously travels round the globe while his
    country, Nigeria, is in terrible hardship and economic mess. It can only happen
    in Nigeria where all that matters to the President (Buhari) is the full introduction of
    Islam, annihilation of his political opponents and the absolute extermination of
    the people of [Igbo] the old eastern Nigeria. Buhari, prior to his questionable
    victory at the polls, the president of Nigeria made lots of promises which he
    has obviously failed to keep and in most cases denied.”

    ………….Donald Trump

    (President-elect of U.S.A)

    • Kekedu

      Chai, fraud has no limit.

    • Observer

      wow, was the during the time Donald Trump visited your village for yur support that he said all this? dead

    • Du Covenant

      I am sure Trump spoke to you in private on this matter. One thing that is a fact, Trump is very much more concerned about your brothers committing criminal acts in America which includes 419, credit card theft etc and not what Buhari is doing or not doing. If you had discussed with him for long during your encounter he would told you how much he adores Putin of Russia.

      • Tunsj

        Well said!

    • zung

      Stop lying.

  • Wollex

    @AfrikanEagle:disqus:

    When Premium Times – Nigeria’s most intellectual and most reliable news organization -broke the news
    that President Buhari is hurrying off to Morocco soon, something told me Buhari would be flying often
    to these Arab and Muslim world nowadays, after Donald Trump wrote Buhari off as “not sensible”.
    The door seems firmly shut at President Buhari’s face from the 20th January, 2017, and, onward.
    President Buhari simply doesn’t make any sense in words or deeds to the new U.S government.

    • Observer

      i can see how sensible you are.. Ode

    • ABIOYE NURUDEEN

      Buhari is going to morroco on climate change conference.It is only in nigeria that will feed ourself with lies bcos of religion affiliation.That is why we are retrogressing.

      • daniel

        Why does Buhari need to be there? Do we not have enough problems to engage him? We have not heard anything sensible from him only platitudes. Climate change is going to provide him answers to our problems?

        • Powerlessconscious

          What is your headache with the movement of the president who has a VP? Do you want to EAT the president?

  • Kekedu

    Madam, please go and rest. White House is not only for you and your husband.

    • Mufu Ola

      Local boy, primitive mentality.Americans never complained about such trivial issue. George Bush was President.So also was the son just 8yrs after he left office while another son was governing Florida at the same time. Your kind of mentality is what had been drawing Nigeria/Africa back forever.

      • Du Covenant

        Well said!…Thanks…

      • Kekedu

        Thank you American boy for the stats as if it’s some nuke codes. Americans did not complain, they simply voted against they recyling. Nigerian issues are beyond son succeeding his dad or wife succeeding husband except you did not read history in school.

  • Wale

    If that election was held in Nigeria, Clinton would have won because she had the majority vote and more than two-thirds votes in majority of the states. It shows that US has to learn from Nigeria to allow the will of the majority to prevail rather than a dubious electoral college that doesn’t reflect the will of the majority

    • Gabriel Olasebikan

      Before Nigeria ever knew that there is a thing called elections,thw US had it going.So you are not in a position to say that the concept of electoral college in the US is wrong.

    • Daniel

      Go and rewrite there electoral laws to favor your wishes. You are not in a position to teach the U.S. what is right for them.Don’t you know that those big States with large population have greater number of delegates seats to balance the equation?

      • Madaki G Nrennbaah

        Who got popular votes, which is the majority votes. More people wanted her but d so-called electoral college votes rigged her out.

    • Omo Akin

      Who told you she has not rigged the numbers. Everything about and around Hillary is falsehood

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    You lost because you had too much baggage: email server, Benghazi, Clinton Foundation, etc.

    • Ibirogba Eleniyan

      Very correct.

      • Papa Oghwriodo

        MY CHILDREN,

        Can you see yourself. I warned you people before. I told you. Stop writing that President Buhari
        and the army killed hundreds of Shiia in Kaduna and put them in mass graves. You did not hear me.
        Can you see what you have caused now. You made President Trump to know the genocide in Kaduna.

        After that now, President Trump has now said President Buhari is not a sensible human being. You see it?

        You don’t put dirty pants on line outside the house to dry. I told you. Our bad secrets have now come out.
        How did President Trump hear in America that President Buhari brought real hunger to people in Nigeria?
        You are the people that exposed that one too! You will be writing exclusive story about economic failure.
        Now that President Trump said President Buhari is not a sensible person, we must pray against sanctions.

    • Alhaji

      And she had no new agenda that would attract independent voters. She wanted to continue with Obama’s legacy, that is bringing more muslims into the country to further cause catastrophe. Americans don’t want terrorists in their country.

  • Rommel

    She lost because her supporters were not very enthusiastic about voting as did those hoping for change of guard,economy was never the issue,it was about the changing demographics mainly caused by mentally lazy south Americans who were turning whole precincts into Spanish speaking areas

    • Tunsj

      You are right about the changing demographics but you did not mention White-Lash.

    • Otile

      You are quite right, Hillary had no chance of defeating Trump. Weeks before the election the rural areas of America were flooded with Trump’s posters and placards. Last weekend a friend and I were driving through to one rural town to buy a goat, most of the vehicles there carried Trump’s bumper stickers. You could see Hillary’s signs on cars driven by few blacks and Hispanics. People could careless about her emails.

      In truth though, Honorable Trump has no alternative than to reclaim America from Hispanics and Muslims. It is getting out of hand.

      • Alhaji

        Americans are not Europeans and and southern Nigerians who sell their countries to the Arab terrorists. The whole world will be happy and enjoy peace if President Trump can send back to their various caves and hurts in Somalia, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

      • princegab

        How is trump going to reclaim from those who never own America? For your information, America runs on immigrants. Send illegals away and the country will fall. Trump will actually mess things up and then comes back to status quo.

  • MammanJiyaVatsa

    My Nigeria`s domestic policies are far more important to me than as to why Ms. Clinton lost, I’m just worried about a fair and just Nigeria.

    I worry more about the corps and quality of Nigerian politicians and people who aspire to public offices in Nigeria, their intentions, why they’re running for public office, whether they really have the will and intention to serve selflessly, and motives behind their contesting elections.

    In America, there’s rule of law, respected and obeyed by its citizenry, …. “At least to a larger degree of extent”, Not in Nigeria, and not so in Africa,

    It`s not in our DNA, nor culture to do things by the book, we Nigerians don`t simply respect the laws, we lean more on “son of the soil syndrome”, or “Oga at the top is my kinsman” – smh !

    Let America be, let us all collectively bring and make the necessary changes within and to our stinking, sewage like political landscape.

    God bless Africa.
    God bless Nigeria.

  • ALBERT

    Hillary you lost because your campaign centred 90% of Trump. You also adopted the same campaign strategy like Goodluck Jonathan who focused all his campaign on his opponent Buhari instead of telling the people who he did as President and what he intends to do more for them. You failed because you adopted the same media posturing like Jonathan who hired TAN who were more in the media than on ground. You failed because you adopted same campaign messages like Jonathan ; whipping up racial and religious sentiments and portraying your opponent as either a bigot, totalitarian, unfit to rule rather than providing concrete solutions to their problems. You failed like Jonathan as you relied on surrogates who were busying buying the press and conjuring `fake` polls. There is no need to blame the FBI for performing its constitutional duties. When your surrogates were publishing tapes and videos of Trump 35 years ago, it was celebration and political capital. These videos and tapes were issues that border on his private conversation as a private citizen, but your emails were sensitive security issues bordering on state safety and security as a Secretary of state. Hillary also failed to understand that, Americans are not fools as the presidency is not a family affair for a few political dynasties.