it was jim comey who grassed me up

This is the entire interview, but set to start at 17 mins 40 secs, where it gets relevant – RB

Hillary: “I Was On The Way To Winning Until Comey And Russian WikiLeaks”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 2 2017

Denial is not just a river in Egypt. Speaking during an interview on CNN, losing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton explained why she thinks she lost the election. She says:

I was on the way to winning before Jim Comey’s letter and ‘Russian’ Wikileaks… scared off late voters.

So to be clear: until the head of the FBI admitted to the world that many of your actions were under investigation for potentially breaking the law, and WikiLeaks published proofof multiple misdealings and relationships, you were on the way to winning? So, other than that, how was the play, Mrs Lincoln? All of this is ironic, given Demagog Party strategists’ recent comments: after crunching numbers for months, a group of Demagog strategists have finally figured out why Hillary lost the 2016 election: “her base didn’t turn out.” Sure, it probably had absolutely nothing to do with all those criminal FBI investigations or the fact that Trump was able to flip some Midwest states that haven’t gone Red since Ronald Reagan. Per McClatchy:

A select group of top Demagog Party strategists have used new data about last year’s presidential election to reach a startling conclusion about why Hillary Clinton lost. Now they just need to persuade the rest of the party they’re right. Many Demagogs have a shorthand explanation for Clinton’s defeat: Her base didn’t turn out, Donald Trump’s did and the difference was too much to overcome.

Ironically, while offering up the most ridiculous explanation possible for the outcome of the 2016 election, undoubtedly in an effort to erase all blame from Hillary herself, one strategist noted it’s important to “learn the right lesson from 2016,” not just the one “that makes us feel good at night.” And as the WaPo’s most recent poll shows, two-thirds of Pindosis think the Demagogs are out of touch, including nearly half of Demagogs themselves.

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It’s worth highlighting that last point. While the political opposition generally views Trump or either party as about equally out of touch, with about 80% to 90% saying so, the Demagog Party is viewed as far more out of touch by Demagogs than Trump or the GOP are by Republicans. And finally, as CNN reports, on Thursday former Veep Joe Sixpack indirectly knocked Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign at a Thursday event, suggesting that she failed to talk to middle-class voters. Joe Sixpack said during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania:

What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for, and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class. You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy making $60k working on the assembly line and a wife making $32k as a hostess in a restaurant, and they are making $90k and they have two kids and they can’t make it and they are scared! They’re frightened!

Despite calling half the nation ‘deplorable’ and beyond help, Clinton did attempt to speak to working class voters on the campaign trail, including through multiple bus trips through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. But the overarching message of her campaign, especially at the end, (and the Demagogs since), was more often anti-Donald Trump than policy messaging toward these voters.

Other highlights from Hillary’s interview (via Axios):

  • I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate. I was the person on the ballot.
  • I am writing a book, and it is a painful process reliving the campaign.
  • (Putin) certainly interfered … to hurt me.
  • (Election) would have been a really big deal … There were important messages that could have sent.
  • I’m back to being an activist citizen … part of the resistance.
  • (On Trump’s Syria strikes) I don’t know what kind of potentially back-room deals were made with the Russians.
  • I am going to publicly request that this administration not end our efforts making women’s rights … central to Pindosi foreign policy.
  • One of the problems … is you ask people what was your last pay. If you’re a women and you’ve been underpaid before … it looks fair but it’s not, because you’ve got built-in inequity.

Trump Responds To Hillary’s Blame-Mongering
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 2 2017

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Following Hillary proclamation that she “was on the way to winning before Jim Comey’s letter and ‘Russian’ Wikileaks scared off late voters,” it appears Pres Trump has his own perspective on how he won the greatest upset election in Pindo history…

We leave it to Hillary to conclude this brief blamescaping with an admission she made later in today’s interview

I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate. I was the person on the ballot.

Indeed you were.

Why did Hillary Clinton and the Demagog Party lose the 2016 election?
Eric London, WSWS, May 3 2017

In a public appearance Tuesday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Hillary Clinton attributed her loss to Donald Trump last November to two main factors: misogyny within the electorate and Russian interference. She also placed emphasis on Comey’s October announcement that the FBI was re-opening its investigation of her use of a private email account server while she was sec state. Misogyny “played a roll,” she said, claiming that “it would have been a really big deal” to elect the first woman president. She also blamed Putin, claiming he “clearly interfered in our election, and it was designed to hurt me and help my opponent.” As proof of Russian meddling, Clinton pointed to WikiLeaks’ release of emails from Clinton aide John Podesta, which included transcripts of some of her paid speeches to Wall Street bankers.

Clinton’s claims are belied by the facts. In a May 1 article titled “Why did Trump Win? New research by Democrats offers a worrisome answer,” WaPo columnist Greg Sargent cites poll data showing that Trump’s election was the product of widespread economic hardship in the working class and popular opposition to the pro-corporate policies of the Demagog Party. The poll, commissioned by the Demagog Party-linked firm Priorities Pindostan, was conducted in the working class suburbs outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Detroit, Michigan, as well as in Tampa, Florida. All three of these traditional “swing states” supported Obama in 2008 and 2012, but swung for Trump in 2016. The poll targeted two types of voters: those who voted for Obama in 2012 but for Trump in 2016 (“Obama-Trump voters”) and those who voted for Obama in 2012 but did not vote in 2016 (“drop-off voters”). The picture that emerges from the poll is of a working class that is under tremendous financial strain, is growing disillusioned with both parties, and is deeply opposed to cuts in social programs such as health care. “A key commonality” of these voters is that “they are struggling economically,” the pollsters conclude. Of Obama-Trump voters, 50% say their income is falling behind the cost of living and 31% say their income is just equal to rises in the cost of living. Conditions are even worse among drop-off voters. 43% say their income is falling behind the cost of living, and 49% say their income is only staying even with the cost of living: that is, 92% are either falling behind or barely staying afloat.

In a confused and contradictory manner, Obama-Trump voters express the growth of social opposition to the political establishment from the left. According to these voters, the government’s most important priorities should be protecting Social Security and Medicare (85% for both), creating good-paying jobs (84% and providing everyone with access to affordable health care (80%). The poll shows these voters’ lowest priority is building a wall between Pindostan and Mexico. They are least concerned that Trump will “be too close to Putin and won’t stand up to Putin.” They are substantially more concerned that Trump will involve Pindostan in foreign wars and will put the interests of corporate executives ahead of working people. Among drop-off voters, 87% support raising taxes on corporations, 89% support infrastructure spending, 79% support raising the minimum wage, 75% support raising taxes on the rich and 73% support paid family leave for child care. Drop-off voters are by far most concerned with the economy and access to health care. Only 6% say Russia is the most important issue, with 5% citing immigration and 2% citing terrorism/national security. As their economic conditions deteriorate, those polled view the policies of the Demagog Party as favoring the wealthy. The WaPo’s Sargent notes:

One finding from the polling stands out: A shockingly large percentage of these Obama-Trump voters said Demagogs’ economic policies will favor the wealthy, twice the percentage that said the same about Trump. I was also permitted to view video of some focus group activity, which showed Obama-Trump voters offering sharp criticism of Demagogs on the economy.

Sargent explained that when focus group respondents were asked what the Demagog Party stands for, they responded “the one percent” and “the status quo.” Among those who voted for Obama in 2012 but didn’t vote in 2016, the most common reasons given for abstaining include: “It makes no difference,” “I did not like either candidate,” “I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary, but I couldn’t support Clinton for the general election,” and “I’m tired of voting for the lesser of two evils.” These poll results confirm what WSWS stressed in its initial analysis of the election results: Clinton’s loss was the product of mass abstention by workers,and particularly African American Black Pindosi workers, in key industrial cities such as Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee, plus swings by all racial groups toward the Rethug candidate in 2016 compared with 2012. Clinton’s claim that she lost the election due to misogyny is refuted by the fact that exit polls show the Demagog Party lost the votes of over a million working class women from 2012 to 2016.

The Pindosi working class does not hate Hillary Clinton because of her gender, it hates her because she embodies, both personally and politically, everything rotten about Pindo capitalism. More specifically, the dislike of Clinton expresses the growing perception that the Demagog Party is the most naked representative of the banks and corporations. For the first half of the 20th century, the Demagog Party based its national presence on an alliance of sections of better-off professionals with Tammany Hall city machines in the North and segregationists across the former slave states in the South. Even into the 1960s, their domestic program was based on a series of mild social reforms, in a partial cooptation of the platforms of the pre-depression populist and progressive movements. A key turning point came in the late 1960s, when the contradictions embedded in the party’s anti-communist and pro-capitalist foundations burst into the open as LBJ drained resources intended for the ‘Great Society’ social programs to fund the war in Vietnam. Deeply discredited by the disastrous impact of the war and the administration’s crackdown on anti-war demonstrations and inner-city riots, the Demagog Party began to reorient itself toward a wealthy section of African American Black Pindosi and other racial minorities who benefited from the Demagog Party-backed civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s.

As the chasm between rich and poor widened in the subsequent decades, the Demagogs began to abandon even the pretense of appealing to working class voters on the basis of a program of social reform. Increasingly tied to Wall Street and the military-intelligence agencies and increasingly unpopular within the working class, the Demagog Party sought to build a broader electoral base in the privileged upper-middle class, where the politics of race, gender and sexual preference dominate. Clinton’s presidential campaign represented the ugly culmination of this rightward trajectory. Her campaign married the military-intelligence apparatus and finance capital to the politics of racial and gender identity, while Clinton consciously ignored the economic struggles of the working class and opposed the demagogue Trump from the right on questions of war and state surveillance. Figures like Bernie Sanders and his pseudo-left supporters play a most pathetic role in shoring up support for the Demagog Party. Speaking on his swing-state tour with Demagog Party Chairman and Clinton confidant Thomas Perez, Bernie Sanders recently told a crowd that they had “come to the right place” to talk about “political revolution,” and that “our job is to radically transform the Demagog Party.” What Sanders, Clinton and the entire political establishment fear most is that the growing opposition that found an initial and distorted reflection in the 2016 election will develop in a consciously left-wing, socialist direction.

3 Comments

  1. Posted May 3, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    The second video won’t play in my country. The first one is…compelling, persuasive.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    OK… it was only a discussion of her statements. I have replaced it with the whole of her appearance, but I don’t have the minutes and seconds for the crucial quotes, which are within it somewhere. Thanks.

  3. niqnaq
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Ok… start at 17:40.

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