Wednesday in Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA at the annual Code Conference, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the barrage of “fake news” and hacked emails released during the 2016 presidential campaign had to have been from the Russians and “guided by Americans.”
Clinton said, “I think it’s fair to ask, how did that actually influence the campaign, and how did they know what messages to deliver? Who told them? Who were they coordinating with, and colluding with?”
Clinton continued, “The Russians in my opinion — and based on intelligence and counterintelligence people I have talked to — could not have known best how to weaponize that information unless they had been guided…Guided by Americans.”
When asked if she believed the campaign of President Donald Trump could have been involved she said, “Yes, I am leaning Trump. I think it’s pretty hard not to.”
Add an ineffective and bankrupt Democratic National Committee to the growing list of culprits that a bitter Hillary Clinton blames for her losing the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking at a Recode conference on Wednesday, Clinton roasted the DNC for falling behind the Republican National Committee in terms of voter and donor data analysis.
“Let me just do a comparison for you,” Clinton began.
“I set up my campaign and we have our own data operation. I get the nomination. So I’m now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party.”
Hillary Clinton on Wednesday blamed deep cooperation between Donald Trump and Russia for her loss and said she hopes investigators will quickly connect the dots that show Trump’s culpability.
She admitted that during the campaign, people rejected her and her team’s assessment that Russia was working with Trump to hand Trump the White House, but that she was dismissed.
“We were basically shooed away,” she said at a tech conference in California on Wednesday. “Like, oh, you know, there she goes, vast right-wing conspiracy, now it’s a vast Russian conspiracy.”
“Well, it turned out we were right, and we saw evidence of it,” she said.
That line is a reference to her own comment in the late 1990s when she told NBC that allegations that President Bill Clinton had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky were part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to bring him down. That comment was later dismissed with the Clinton affair was confirmed.
Clinton said based on what she’s seen so far, she is “leaning Trump” when it comes to who was to blame for her election loss.
“I think it’s pretty hard not to,” she said. “I think the marriage of the domestic fake news operations, the domestic RNC Republican-allied data, you know, combined with the very effective capabilities that the Russians brought, you know, basically, the group running this was the GRU, which is the military intelligence arm of the Russian military, and they have a very sophisticated cyber operation.”
“In bed with WikiLeaks, in bed with Guccifer, in bed with DCLeaks, and you know, DCLeaks and Guccifer which were dropping a lot of this stuff on me, they haven’t done anything since early January,” she said. “So, I mean, their job was done. They got their job done.”
“I believe that what was happening to me was unprecedented,” she added.
Clinton has been ridiculed for refusing to blame her own performance for her loss to Trump. But she also admitted that she also had the expectation of winning.
“I also think I was a victim of the very broad assumption that I was going to win,” she said.