Hillary Clinton Discusses Factors Behind 2016 Defeat and Warns of 2024 Election's Stakes

 May 26, 2024

Hillary Clinton recently shed light on her perception of why she lost the 2016 presidential election.

According to Daily Mail, during promotional interviews for her latest book, "The Fall of Roe: The Rise of a New America," she cited the abandonment by women voters over high expectations of perfection and expressed grave concerns about the fate of American democracy if Donald Trump were to win again in 2024.

From her perspective, the high standards expected of her as a female candidate led many women to retract their support. Clinton argued that these voters were less forgiving of her flaws compared to Donald Trump, whom she described as a candidate rife with imperfections accepted because of his gender.

Clinton's Analysis of Internal Campaign Strategy

At the heart of Clinton's campaign disagreements were divergent opinions on how to approach crucial issues such as abortion rights. She lamented that the internal conflict might have affected her campaign’s messaging effectiveness.

She also voiced strong critique against Senate Democrats, accusing them of inadequacy during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Trump-appointed justices. According to Clinton, Democrats did not sufficiently challenge the nominees' assurances on the Roe v. Wade decision, thereby allowing misleading affirmations to pass unchecked.

Moreover, Hillary Clinton has openly criticized former FBI Director James Comey. She reproached Comey for his decision to reopen an investigation into her email practices shortly before the 2016 elections, suggesting that this played a crucial role in swaying public opinion against her.

In her view, the consequences of Comey's action were exacerbated by various systemic issues that she believes also played a role in her defeat, including the media, voter suppression, and sexism.

Russian interference and the impact of entities like Wikileaks also featured prominently in her account of the multifaceted reasons behind her electoral loss. "There's no doubt in my mind that Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win," she stated, pointing to international factors as well.

Clinton Reflects on the 2024 Election Stakes

With the upcoming 2024 election, Clinton issued a stark warning regarding the potential end of democratic elections in the U.S. should Donald Trump be reelected. She characterized this election as existential, requiring critical decision-making from American voters.

In elaboration, Hillary Clinton said: "This election is existential. I mean, if we don't make the right decision in this election in our country, we may never have another actual election. I don't take any comfort in that because that's not the kind of country or world I want for my grandchildren."

Clinton repeatedly reflects on the combination of factors she believes led to her 2016 loss, including misinformation, voter suppression, and a broad range of biases. Clinton has frequently highlighted the intense scrutiny she faced compared to her male counterparts, a theme that recurs in her discussions around both her past and potential future elections.


Hillary Clinton's latest presidential comments have spread like wildfire across social media. Countless Republicans have commented with her inability to gracefully take a loss. Her comments do not bode well for her political future.

As the U.S. moves closer to another presidential election, the stakes suggest a pivotal moment for American democracy, underscoring the need for vigilant engagement and informed decision-making by the electorate.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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