“What Happened,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s explanation for losing the 2016 presidential election, mentions Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin 333 times.
Clinton notes a lot of the same themes she has discussed publicly since her loss to President Donald Trump, including Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle and possible ties between the Trump campaign, Russian intelligence officials and Putin.
The former secretary has an entire chapter of her new book, titled “Trolls, Bots, Fake News, And Real Russians,” to describe some of the other reasons for her unsuccessful bid for the presidency. (RELATED: Hillary Blames Media For Her Loss)
“For starters, it showed that Russia was interested in doing more than collecting intelligence on the American political scene–it was actively trying to influence the election,” Clinton wrote in her book. “Just as it had done a year earlier with the audio recording of Toria Nuland, Russia was “weaponizing” stolen information. It did not occur to me at the time that anyone associated with Donald Trump might be coordinating with the Russians, but it seemed likely that Putin was trying to help his preferred candidate.”
Prior to publishing her new book, Clinton herself put forth a litany of excuses for her loss, including: the president himself, the “deplorable(s)” followers of the president, the Podesta emails, sexism, the electoral system, the right-wing media (and even the mainstream media), and many more. (RELATED: New York Times Forecasts Donald Trump Will Win The Election)
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