I didn’t really get worried about the possibility of Trump becoming President until I started watching the 2016 debates. Yes, technically Hillary did everything right. Trump rambled on and his statements made little to no sense, while, for the most part, Clinton provided factually correct comments to the questions posed in the debate.
But there really was no comparison when it came to entertainment factor, or a willingness to get dirty, which Trump clearly was all about. I kept waiting for Hillary to go for the jugular and not just settle for passive-aggressive jabs here and there. It’s one of the main reasons why I blamed her for not winning the election: with her acumen and resume, she should’ve wiped the floor with the clearly incompetent Trump.
And now Clinton herself is taking the blame for the loss, and she says that she should’ve seen the Brexit vote as a sign of things to come in her own campaign.
“I thought I’d be a damn good president, I did not think I was going to lose. I feel a terrible sense of responsibility for not having figured out how to defeat this person. There must have been a way and I didn't find it."
Clinton went in-depth about why she thought she was defeated in her recently released memoirs, but she feels that the repetitive lies told by Brexit campaigners were the same tactics employed by Trump’s campaign, and she underestimated the power of that.
“They thought, 'Hey, we've got this figured out, just tell a really horrible lie over and over again, keep people off balance and make them think that this will, if not make their lives better, make them feel better',” Clinton said.
Clinton also went on to talk about the personal attacks UKIP Leader Nigel Farage used against her while he helped campaign for Trump, along with the male-dominant, brawn-over-brains narrative that was concocted for the fast-food loving President.
“They voted against modern Britain and the EU, believing that somehow this would be good for their small village. The same thing played out in my race, but I didn't think we were so vulnerable. But it turned out we were wrong. [Nigel Farage] came to the US to campaign for Trump and spent half of his remarks insulting me in a very personal way and talking about Trump as the alpha male, the silver-backed gorilla. Think of those images and what that says about what's acceptable and what's not."
Hindsight is 20/20 and all that jazz, hopefully in the next Presidential election whatever candidates are running won’t be afraid to call the other one out on their BS in as blatant and vicious a manner as necessary.
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