It’s 2018, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — like Fox News’ Jesse Watters, until Wednesday — is stuck in 2016.
Speaking during a question-and-answer event ahead of the release of James Comey‘s memoir, Clinton, despite Democrats’ frustration over her continued focus on 2016, blamed the former FBI director for her loss to now-President Donald Trump.
“I’ve never spoken to him. I’ve never met him. I’ve never kissed him,” she quipped, according to a video obtained by the Republican National Committee. “I think the analyses that have been done by a lot of independent folks like Nate Silver have basically said what I believe to be the case: That but for the letter he wrote on Oct. 28, I would have won.”
Comey’s October surprise
Clinton was, of course, referring to the letter Comey sent to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016, just days before the election. In it, the former FBI chief told lawmakers the bureau had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department.
News of the memo immediately rocked the polls and began shifting the balance in Trump’s favor, though a majority of electoral forecasts from legacy media outlets still predicted Clinton would emerge victorious over the billionaire businessman.
“[It was] the single event that changed peoples’ votes,” she said, “and you have anecdotal evidence of that, and you have survey evidence of that.”
The former chief diplomat said consumer researchers “had never seen a bigger drop than they saw — in sentiment toward me — until the Comey letter on Oct. 28 happened.”