Hillary Clinton has been on a worldwide tour for a year and a half moaning about all the imagined reasons she lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
We've lost count of all her foils, but here are some of the people and things Hillary blames: Former FBI director James Comey, Russia, computer bots, Wikileaks, Bernie Sanders, Facebook, Joe Biden, fake news, Twitter, voter ID laws, the vast right-wing conspiracy, sexism, Barack Obama, ageism, Anthony Weiner, white women, xenophobia, black people, the electoral college, the DNC, misogyny, women cowed by their husbands.
Now Bill Clinton is entering the game, floating a new idea that will make you want to put your tin foil hat on.
New York Times reporter Amy Chozick has put out a new book titled "Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling." In it, she describes what she calls an often-contentious relationship between the paper and the Clinton campaign, then tosses out this incredible idea:
“After the election, Bill would spread a more absurd Times conspiracy: The publisher had struck a deal with Trump that we’d destroy Hillary on her emails to help him get elected, if he kept driving traffic and boosting the company’s stock price.”
That's right, the Times — which bent over backward (and, frankly, forward) for Hillary throughout the campaign — was secretly in the bag for Trump, working to get him elected so they could pump up their click count and make bank.
Chozick's book has all kinds of wonderful insights, according to a Daily Beast piece. Like this:
On the night of the election, Chozick describes a dejected Clinton when she was told by campaign staffers that it was over.
“Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner,” Chozick writes. “That made her the designated deliverer of bad news to Hillary. But not this time. She told Robby there was no way she was going to tell Hillary she couldn’t win. That’s when Robby, drained and deflated, watching the results with his team in a room down the hall from Hillary’s suite, labored into the hallway of the Peninsula to break the news. Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. "I knew it. I knew this would happen to me…." Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”
The book also details how Hillary knew that her line about "deplorables" supporting Trump was devastating to her campaign.
... “Hillary always broke down Trump supporters into three baskets,” Chozick writes.
Basket #1: The Republicans who hated her and would vote Republican no matter who the nominee.
Basket #2: Voters whose jobs and livelihoods had disappeared, or as Hillary said, "who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens in their lives and their futures."
Basket #3: The Deplorables. This basket includes "the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it."
“The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha’s Vineyard, over passed hors d’oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley,” Chozick continues.
“‘I really messed up," [Clinton] told aides that night,” Chozick writes of the evening when the candidate’s Deplorables shtick went public.
Even though it's been 18 months, something tells us Hillary isn't done finding things to blame for her loss.