Hillary Clinton is back in the public eye, facing fresh criticism for a handful of recent interviews in which she placed blame not only on herself, but on a number of factors: Russia, former FBI Director James Comey, the media, the Democratic National Committee, the New York Times, and, of course, President Donald Trump.
"I take responsibility for every decision I make, but that's not why I lost," Clinton told Recode’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the 2017 Code Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif.
When Swisher asked Clinton who she thought was responsible for directing a deluge of fake news stories during the election and if she was “leaning [towards blaming] Trump,” Clinton seemed to imply there was only one obvious answer. “Yes ... yes. I’m leaning Trump,” she said. “I think it’s pretty hard not to.”
According to Mike Dukakis, the former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 presidential candidate, moving forward is important — but so is giving credit where credit is due. “She won by three million votes under this cockeyed system we have of the electoral college, which should have been abolished 200 years ago,” Dukakis said during an interview with “Boston Public Radio” Thursday. “Let’s give the woman credit for going out under very difficult circumstances — because she was getting trashed every day — and winning by three million votes.”
This loss for the Democratic party should motivate voters and politicians to find different strategies for the future, Dukakis said. “It’s time to look ahead,” Dukakis said. “You learn from the past, as the Greeks often say, but we’ve got work to do.”
“We’re not running 50-state campaigns, we’re not organizing in the grassroots, and that’s our strength at its best,” Dukakis continued. “I want to see us move in that direction.”
To hear former Gov. Dukakis’ full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio player above.