Hillary Clinton Compares Russian Election Interference To The 9/11 Attacks

"We have been attacked by a foreign power and have done nothing.”

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During an interview at the Atlantic Festival, failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton compared suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election — an "attack" by a foreign power — to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Clinton addressed a variety of topics in her on-stage interview with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, recycling a handful of excuses for her loss and accusing President Trump of embracing "white nationalism." She also seemed to accuse the Trump campaign of taking part in an international "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" to alter election results — a conspiracy that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's own year-long investigation has found no proof of.

“I believe that the combination of the Russian campaign, the WikiLeaks being the cutout for Russian stolen information, the role that Cambridge Analytica and other organizations like that played in connection with the Republican apparatus, the [Republican] National Committee and other allies and the Trump campaign certainly altered the outcome in enough places that we have to ask, ‘What really happened?’ ” she replied.

But the Democratic mainstay shocked even The Atlantic's audience when she launched into an extended comparison between the the Al Qaeda attack on New York City and Washington, D.C. that claimed thousands of lives, and Russian hacking.

"What we know now is incredibly troubling ... we have been attacked by a foreign power and have done nothing," she said.

"It would be like — I can’t even imagine — I mean, it’s a horrible example, but after 9/11, [if] George W. Bush said, ‘Well, I don’t have time to meet. I don’t have time to worry about this. It was terrible. We feel sorry about it. We’ll rebuild New York and the Pentagon, but we’re not going to worry about it.’ Well at a certain point, that’s what this is turning into. The evidence continues to accumulate,” Clinton added.

It is, in fact, a horrible example, particularly considering former President Barack Obama would have been responsible for handling threats to America's election apparatus ahead of an election taking place on his watch.

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