Axelrod Rips Hillary for 2016 Excuses: 'If I Were Her, I Would Move On'
Hillary Clinton said during an interview at the Women for Women International Conference on Tuesday that she takes responsibility for her defeat in the 2016 election, but she also blames FBI Director Jim Comey.
Clinton specifically cited the letter from Comey late in the campaign saying agents were looking into possible new information related to Clinton’s private email server.
“I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but were scared off,” Clinton said, adding, "If the election were on October 27, I'd be your president."
David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Obama, believes Clinton has a "legitimate beef" with Comey, but it still appears that she's shifting responsibility away from herself.
"Jim Comey didn’t tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin after the convention. Jim Comey didn’t say, 'Don't put any resources in Michigan until the final week of the campaign,'" Axelrod said on CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday.
He said that one of the things that hindered Clinton in the campaign was a sense that she was never willing to take full responsibility for her mistakes, particularly her private server.
"If I were advising her, I would say, 'Don’t do this. Don’t go back and appear as if you're shifting responsibility off of yourself.' She said the words 'I am responsible,' but everything else suggested that she doesn’t really feel that way. And I don’t think that helps her in the long-run. So if I were her, I would move on."
"It takes a lot of work to lose to Donald Trump," Axelrod said, noting that he was the least popular presidential candidate to win the White House in the history of polling. "It wasn't just the Comey letter. The fact that she was in position to lose because of the Comey letter is something that deserves some introspection."
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