Clinton says false stories on Facebook helped Trump win election
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 22:55
Trump, she said, inherited a data operation at the Republican National Committee that had been enriched by millions of dollars since the loss of GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. But, she added, "That's not why I lost".
"Look, I take responsibility for every decision I made", Clinton told the audience. There was a lot of fake news swirling around Facebook in the closing weeks of the campaign, but I haven't seen any evidence that it was the "vast majority". That's what I thought. According to Clinton, "low information voters" were easily swayed by the deluge of fake news on Facebook.
And while Clinton has also blamed former FBI Director James Comey's letter announcing that he was reopening the case into Clinton's emails as a reason she dipped in the polls ahead of Election Day, she also said the top Google search in some key battleground states was "Wikileaks" as voting neared. "I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party", she said during a question and answer session at Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
"They covered it like it was Pearl Harbor", she said.
"I'm not going anywhere", she said.
A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. She noted that the Republican party has historically focused on building institutions that can help spread its message, pointing to Fox News and the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, which recently announced plans to acquire Tribune Media Co. She insisted that those people must have been Americans.
Some of those people helping the Russians, she said, had access to "polling and data information".
"He does have a visceral grasp of America's political underbelly", Clinton said.
"I think flipping the House is certainly realistic", said Clinton, who had earlier noted that she typically preaches prudence as election prognostications are made - the most recent example being the most fitting. "It is pretty hard not to".
Trump seized on her comments in a tweet last night, writing: "Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a awful candidate".
Clinton continued: "Obviously turn the clock back".
Now, the United States is seeing Trump's behavior "on a broader stage, and it is deeply troubling not only for our politics but for our position in the world", Clinton said.