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2016 U.S Presidential Election: Hillary Clinton Blames FBI Director James Comey for Her Loss

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

Clinton said in a conference call with her top campaign donors on Saturday that Trump was able to seize on both of 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, 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 Comey proved to be a turning point.

The memo prepared by 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.

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.

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

She said 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.

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.

Comey sent a letter to Congress few days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether 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, 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 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.

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31 Comments

  1. Dams

    November 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Now playing; Blame Game by Kanye West ft John Legend.

    Clinton must really like her American celebrities oh.

    Together through it all! social media propaganda, post-election protests and now it seems they’ve given her inspiration to play the blame game.

    On another note: I miss playing Ludo. 🙁

  2. bruno

    November 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    hillary Clinton take responsibility for once ur in entitled life.
    u lost cause , u are corrupt, u are a big liar and americans dont like u.

    did u know she had more campaign funds than donald trump. donald trump raised 305 million dollar compared to crooked hillary Clinton who raised 687 million dollars. (pls google). donald trump donated 66 million dollars from his own pocket into his campaign

    even tho donald trump is a multi billionaire he spent less money on his campaign and he was able to achieve his goal. This means he is a good business man. he used his funds judiciously and wisely. he was able to minimise cost and still achieve his target. unlike hillary who had 2 times as much money than donald trump had but still managed to lose the election.

    this woman had all the ingredients to win an election. she had more campaign money than donald trump, the entire entertainment industry (pop stars actors actresses etc) endorsed her and campaigned for her, star athletes like lebron james endorsed her, the news media were backing her, michelle obama the most popular woman in america endorsed her and campaigned for her, the sitting president of the united states endorsed her, obama even took out time to campaign for her, oprah endorsed her, Elisabeth warren, bernie sanders, joe biden etc all endorsed her and campaigned extensively for her but at the end of the day she still lost. abeg americans hates her.
    by the way how did hillary clinton manage to raise over 600 million dollars? let me guess, she collected money from countries that kill women and gays.

    I heard she has been crying and she’s inconsolable. LOOOOL. next time u wouldn’t delete emails or cheat the people’s choice bernie sanders. obama better grant her a pardon cause once donald trump is sworn in he is going after her. #lockherup

    • Author Unknown

      November 13, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      You heard she’s been crying? A close personal associate of Hillary’s called you to tell you abi? Idiot someone like you.

    • Missappleberry

      November 13, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      If you read international news very well u shoul know Hillary actually cried inconsolably to a close friend after she lost. Google is your friend.

    • Author Unknown

      November 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      I could probably also find you some article in a Google search that tells you aliens from space made Trump win. It’s not impossible, obviously, but I haven’t read it from any credible news source. I just can’t understand how happy some Nigerians are at the fact Hillary lost. It makes no sense to me, especially since we didn’t see the pro-Trump people before the elections.

    • Bruno, redneck wanna be

      November 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Hate her all you want. You can’t even come close to her. People hate her but she won the majority votes smh. Stay in that your shitt hole. Her house keeper is better than you. Deal with your behari 1st. You piece of shit.

    • clementine

      November 13, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      God bless you Bruno. The Ojoro against Sander was the last straw for me amongst all the other accusations.God nor dey sleep The people protest is not for her but SANDER..

  3. bruno

    November 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    bellanaija why are my comments always awaiting moderation anytime I post a comment about hillary Clinton.

  4. Iris

    November 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Geez, I was hoping this wasn’t true. Earlier this week, right wing media was carrying the story and saying she was freaking out and crying, blaming Comey and also blaming Obama because she felt he didn’t do enough. Hillary in the past has been portrayed as an entitled abusive brat if she doesn’t get her way, pitching tantrums about Obama. It all just seemed ridiculous before, but if the Comey part is true I don’t know again. Did the second email issue really mess things up for her? Methinks Trump voters would have voted for Trump anyway and people who decided not to vote had already made that decision.

  5. Temi

    November 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Does she realize that nobody really likes her nor care about her? Its as simple as that. . . Trump was just the more likable douchebag in this race.

  6. Ennie

    November 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Throughout this election cycle, I stayed away from political commentary, because of the strong emotional attachments people have to their political views. In light of the increasing moral outrage on my timeline, here is my two cents:
    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, ranks our physiological need of food, air, and water, as the most important. That means before the average voter can begin to care about the need of safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization, their primary instinct is to secure protection for their source of livelihood.
    Over the past decade, there has been an unacknowledged disparity between rural and urban America. Rural America has been disproportionately affected by trade deals and experienced increase job loss and poverty.
    In West Virginia for example, the labor participation rate is 49.8%. That means 50.2% of eligible people in West Virginia have given up the hope of finding a job. Of the labor force participants, the unemployment rate is 7%. Without accounting for the underemployed, only 46.3% of West Virginians have a job. In addition to this, majority of the state’s population is ravished by lung disease from the decades of working in underground mines. Its government has little tax income and is saddled with high bills from workers’ compensation claims for occupational lung disease.
    West Virginia voted blue for Mr. Clinton in 1992 and 1996. It was flipped red beginning in the 2000 election cycle. This flip coincides with when the states began to feel the brunt of democratic policies. Last Tuesday, other blue states were flipped red. Many union workers defied their leaders and voted red. There is a reason for this switch. To attribute it to homophobia, xenophobia, racism, or otherwise will be too simplistic, inaccurate, and unfair.
    In order to heal the divide and move forward, Urban America needs to acknowledge its privilege and check its bias. Urban America needs to lean back and help Rural America solve its crisis. There is a displacement in Rural America. These are real people with real needs, whose valid needs were ignored by the liberal elite. Texas used to be one of the displaced states in the 1980s, before it flipped red.
    Democrats and most of Urban America have been far removed from the reality of Rural America. So, slowly Rural America left the party and dissociated its loyalty. Gradually and then in droves. They left for a Republican, who acknowledged their needs, and their interests. The result was a pendulum swing, with blue going red.
    To Urban America, myself included, I invite us to check our privilege. Our basic human need of food is being met. The educated elite enjoys relative job security and higher employment rates. We don’t have to worry about were our next meal is coming from. Therefore we can afford to care about our safety, the need of belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Not everyone has that privilege. The group of people who have either lost the means of satisfying their physiological needs, of who have a legitimate fear that their ability to satisfy this need is being threatened.
    In order to move forward, and build the America we want, we need to be cordial, and respectful of each other’s fears. This means toning down the innuendo, and the guilt trips. Listening to understand, and not listening to give a response. While we are all at it, we need to look in the mirror and acknowledge our privilege. For me it is a privilege of being an educated member of Urban America.
    The election is over. Unless we want a civil war, we must live with the results for the next four years. The only way to get through it is to be respectful across the board and engage discuss. We lean in. Whatever side or camp you identify with, reach to your counterpart and at least try to understand where they are coming from. Let us ease away with the presumptions, prejudice, and guilt trips. Let them take a back seat. The conversations need a change in tone. It should not be about who wins an argument, but how do you gain an understanding of the other person’s view. Let’s increase the empathy and use of emotional intelligence. Maybe, just maybe we will gain a more united nation, and begin to heal our land.

    • Drew

      November 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I like the fact that you copied this !sht from wherever and took time to paste it here. Bravo!!

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 13, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      *slow clap*

  7. hadiza

    November 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Trump was more likeable?? a pig that uttered all sorts of rubbish against women?? a racist who see no harm in killings coloured folks?? I don’t blame u. u are just a fool. He won because deep down, Americans are racist and sexist. That’s all.

    • Anon

      November 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Coloured folks? What colours are you referring to? Red, yellow, green, blue, grey?

    • j

      November 14, 2016 at 1:39 am

      U are dumb n ignorant

    • AceOfSpades

      November 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      You can’t eat your cake and have it. If anyone should drop this comment, it shouldn’t be you. There are women haters too…it goes both ways so deal with it. If you hate men so much, just picture Donald as the male version of you.

      Good night

  8. kemi

    November 13, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEPs17_AkTI&sns=fb This is why Trump one. He has been consistent in his message for over 30 years! His mode of transmitting the message might have changed a little but his message is still the same. Everybody knows deep down that Trump is not a bad guy, people know. I think people are just disillusioned and bitter that the Liberals are not all that afterall!

  9. frank

    November 13, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    No bitch blame yourself and your party. You had more baggage than an American Airlines flight, yet the Democratic Party manipulated to make you its candidate. You outspent Trump 10-1, the bullshit liberal media backed you, the Obamas backed you, all your fucking Hollywood cronies and celebrities backed you, damn even some Republicans backed you. But guess what we Americans saw through your bullshit. You better STFU or move to 1 of your beloved Arab countries that contributed to your campaign because you might still end up in jail. We Americans are tired of both you and Obama’s and demoncrats very corrupt FAGGOT agenda. Sanity has been restored. Make America Great Again. BN better post my comments

    • artklub

      November 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Who are these AmeriKKKants who are bombarding BN, biko?

    • EE

      November 14, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Are you the KKKrazy glue holding Clinton’s coalition of fringes together? Why you come fail your job nah??

      But Nigeria is rather conservative, you really can’t be shocked we’re aren’t leaning Clinton’s way??

      A Trump-like figure runs in Nigeria, he’ll win every state.

  10. Author Unknown

    November 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    She needs to give it a rest for her own sanity. She was, clearly, the better candidate, but unfortunately did not win.

  11. kemi

    November 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCabT_O0YSM Again this is why Trump won! What happened this election is that Trump brought his CEO persona to the front instead of this persona because he knew he won’t get very far. Trump has always been bothered about the state of things in America. He was never and still not interested in career politics. Although I voted for Hillary because I thought it was about time she became president and she has worked so hard and she would have the easiest transition into presidency but Trump isn’t a bad. He has said the same thing for over 40years, I cant say the same thing for Hillary who changes every year to what is trendy.

  12. Celeste

    November 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Calling someone a fool in this context is really uncalled for… especially as no insults were thrown in the first instance. Do checks on Clinton and you see why she lost.

    CLINTON DIDN’T LOSE BECAUSE SHE IS FEMALE. As a matter of fact this is a good time for a woman to emerge president in the US, because they already have a black man as president, and having a female is exciting and appealing. Another female with all the support and resources at Clinton’s disposal but with out her terrible record could have stood a better chance.

  13. lovetrumpshate

    November 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    How can they like her? she had everything going against her. Not saying she was the perfect candidate but I believe she was much better than that racist bigotry idiot. The FBI is a trumpland, in addition to the hidden racist nature of rural America who has vowed to make America white again. And all of you who voted for him will now see what a sham and fraud he truly stands for when all your welfare, unemployment and food stamps programs will be eliminated.

  14. Moniker

    November 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    This is so sad, it’s going to take at least two decades to get another woman this far. But guess what ladies, women were mostly against her. I sometimes pity all the feminists. A woman came out but they preferred someone who debases them over another woman and you expect that one day soon a woman will rule us in this country? #Kolewerk.

    • Fr3sh

      November 13, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Y’all still don’t understand. Hilary won the Popular vote!! It’s the Electoral College she lost. Please read yo on this from Wikipedia abeg. I can’t with y’all complaining.

      Let me drop a tip here:

      The United States Electoral College is the body that elects the president and vice president of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead they choose “electors”, who pledge beforehand to vote for the candidate of a particular party.

      Do y’all get it now?

    • Gracie

      November 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      oh please! Give it a rest! Trump won deal with it. Hillary won the “popular votes” by 200,000 votes and that came from California . The way y’all keep going on and on about this popular vote thing one would think it was by a million. Trump won fair and square. Electoral colleges didn’t do shit. It is embedded in the constitution how the democratic process should go and that is how Trump won. So please y’all should seat your asses down and work with your new president. If people wanted Hillary she would have won where it mattered AKA THE ELECTORAL COLLEGES. Americans knew this and they voted Trump. This right here is the problem, y’all so called democratic liberals populate the media with your views, then you go on with the illusion that everybody is on board. Hiss! So much for the ”democrats” not accepting the results of the very process that got their candidate the party nomination and the very process they wanted their candidate to get to the White House. I’m sure if Trump won the popular vote, nobody would be talking about how the people wanted him or how very close he came to winning. He would have just faded into oblivion or worse indicted for one thing or the other. Hiss again! Y’all better start preparing for the inauguration of your 45th president. Trump said it, He never loses and guess what? He didn’t! The people that wanted him got him there.

    • Fast cars

      November 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      The final results are in. Trump won both popular anda electoral. Please google

  15. Darius

    November 13, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Clinton lost the election for a multiplicity of reasons. Obama is one of the reasons why she lost the election. The much vaunted change he talked about did not materialize. His unapologetic support for LGBT rights and the legalization of homosexuality in America alienated millions of devout christians. A lot of christians were not opposed to the legalization of gay marriage; they were opposed to the fact that anyone ( a clergyman, a wedding planner, etc.) who refuses to provide a gay couple with a service, would be charged and prosecuted. Na by force? A pastor should have the right to bless a guy union or decline to. Millions of Americans were upset becoz Obama and Clinton refused to accept that muslims who carry out acts of terror are inspired by islam. Even Sisi, the president of Egypt (a staunch muslim), acknowledged that Islamic terrorist are inspired by Islam. Obama is America’s first black president, but George Bush did a lot more for Africa than Obama. The truth is: Trump won this election because Obama and Clinton were defending Islam, promoting LGBT rights, but degrading christians.

    • clementine

      November 13, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      God bless you.Posterity will judge OBAMA

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