Hillary Clinton says “the most important” of her mistakes that lead to her 2016 election defeat was her use of personal email as secretary of state, Newsmax reports.
In her first television interview, with CBS News “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley, Clinton stressed the “forces at work in 2016 were unlike anything that she has ever seen or read about”.
“The most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email. That was my responsibility. It was presented in such a negative way and I could never gets out from under it,” she noted.
She also railed at former FBI chief James Comey for announcing before Election Day that there’d be an examination of her emails that were found on a home computer of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of her close aide, Huma Abedin.
“At the same time he does that about a closed investigation, there’s an open investigation into the Trump campaign and their connections with Russia,” she noted.
Clinton also was unapologetic for her campaign trail gaffe in which she charged “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Newsmax adds.
“I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner. I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior, as we saw on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn’t care. It did not matter to them. And he turned out to be a very effective reality TV star,” Clinton said in the Sunday Morning interview.