Clinton, who was speaking at a Women For Women International charity luncheon in NY on Tuesday, note that her campaign had its shortcomings, but still felt she was on a winning course just a week before the election.
"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28th and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off", Clinton said. I was the person on the ballot. "Right?" Clinton said in a jab at Trump. "I think we are potentially going backwards".
However, Clinton said she was "not convinced [the strike] really made much of a difference" and said she was concerned about possible backroom deals the Trump administration may have made with Russian Federation, notifying them beforehand of the strikes against their ally. She argued that in her three presidential debates, none of the moderators asked Trump what, specifically, his plans were to "make America great again" and to create jobs.
Wolf, after covering Hillary Clinton for more than 15 years and looking at many of her public appearances, I found this to be perhaps the most astonishing Hillary Clinton appearance I've ever seen.
Matt Canter, a senior vice president of the Democratic political firm Global Strategy Group, told the McClatchy publishing group that, in his organization's analysis, Clinton's failure to attract the number of voters Obama did in 2012 accounted for about 70 percent of why she lost.
Clinton said her current work on a book about the 2016 has been grueling.
She wasn't entirely dismissive of President Trump, though, revealing that she did support his decision last month to launch a missile strike in Syria after the country's president, Bashar Assad, used chemical weapons against his own people.
Clinton was withering on her critique of President Trump's performance so far, including his obsession with recasting the result and what appears to be his lack of preparation on important issues.
"I can't be anything other than who I am".
And, in an even more stunning statement, Clinton seemed to suggest some level of coordination between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Trump campaign. Clinton said during her keynote address at the annual conference hosted by the Professional BusinessWomen of California.
Clinton, aides and friends say, has grown more at peace with her loss in recent months, but is still focused on the interference by the Russian government, especially the fact that WikiLeaks began releasing John Podesta's hacked emails hours after the damaging "Access Hollywood" Trump tape was released.
"I am writing a book and it is a painful process reliving the campaign", she explained.