Last week in India, Hillary Clinton had a lot to say about why she lost the election to Donald Trump, having added a few new numbers to her usual “blame Russia, blame James Comey” repertoire. She actually called back on one of her all-time campaign classics – Ye Olde Basket of Deplorables – and blamed the voters themselves for making a huge mistake. In fact, she said that as far as the vote totals went, she basically won every part of the United States that, you know, anyone actually gives a crap about anymore.
So take that, nearly everywhere in the country except the coasts.
“I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product,” Clinton said. “So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards.”
As far as losing white women to Trump, well, she had an explanation for that as well.
“We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” she said. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
And this is the woman who wanted to “break the glass ceiling?” Yeesh.
In any event, Clinton finally realized this weekend that her remarks were despicable and hilarious in equal measure and giving Democrats no choice but to disavow her. She took to Facebook for a written apology, wherein she assured readers that she CERTAINLY didn’t mean to OFFEND anyone with her offensive comments.
“I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted,” she wrote. “I meant no disrespect to any individual or group. And I want to look to the future as much as anybody.”
In her post, though, she more or less explained that what she originally meant to say was…exactly what she said.
“I said that places doing better economically typically lean Democratic, and places where there is less optimism about the future lean Republican,” she wrote. “That doesn’t mean the coasts versus the heartland, it doesn’t even mean entire states. In fact, it more often captures the divisions between more dynamic urban areas and less prosperous small towns within states.”
This ignores the fact that wealthy Americans went heavily to Trump, of course, and the fact that welfare-leeching Americans went heavily for her. Just as a, you know, footnote to her explanation.
As for her remarks about women: “I also mentioned something in passing that’s gotten a lot of negative attention: that there is anecdotal evidence and some research to suggest that women are unfortunately more swayed by men than the other way around. As much as I hate the possibility, and hate saying it, it’s not that crazy when you think about our ongoing struggle to reach gender balance – even within the same household.”
This is just a fancier way of doing Trump’s “A lot of people are saying…” phrase that Democrats love to mock. She has no such “evidence.” She just doesn’t want to believe that women, thinking fully for themselves, chose to support Trump over her.
Some 17 months after the election, and Hillary still can’t face the fact that she lost to this man. To quote Trump again, that’s just “sad.”