Meghan McCain: Blaming James Comey for Hillary's Loss Is 'Shortsighted'
Was FBI Director James Comey the main reason for Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton?
Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) both argued this week that the October letter to Congress about the discovery of new emails was a big factor in the outcome of the election.
Lewandowski called it "amazing" for the Trump campaign, adding that it reminded voters that "there are two different rules in Washington - those of the elites, and the privileged and those for everybody else."
Meantime, Reid went as far as to call Comey a "Republican operative" in an interview with MSNBC, saying he's "the reason" Clinton was defeated.
"He can be fat and happy in his office there for seven more years after having thrown an election to Donald Trump. If he feels good about that, that's nice," said Reid.
Clinton reportedly echoed the sentiments about Comey in a post-election call with donors.
Some of the "Outnumbered" hosts disagreed, however, with Meghan McCain arguing that these statements are "shortsighted."
"Hillary's numbers were already slipping. I actually think this does a complete disservice to the people that Donald Trump reached out to in the Rust Belt. The thing I think people are forgetting is that there are a lot of people that voted for Obama that ended up switching and voting for Donald Trump," she said.
McCain said Democrats are not going to win back these Rust Belt voters if they think Comey was the only reason Clinton lost.
Ainsley Earhardt said Clinton lost the election "on her own" by setting up the private email server in the first place. Juan Williams noted that Comey "broke with all precedent" with his late October announcement and pointed out that late-deciding voters broke overwhelmingly for Trump.
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