Hillary Clinton: I’m ‘Part of the Resistance’

HILLARY CLINTON: If the election
had been on October 27th, I’d be your president. It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There is no such thing. But I was on the way to
winning, until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October
28th and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in
the minds of people who were inclined to vote
for me, but got scared off. JAKE TAPPER: Hillary
Clinton announcing this week that she is starting her own
political organization called Onward Together to help
identify groups that could benefit from outside funding. What does it all mean? The panel’s back with me. Jen Psaki, former
communications director for the Obama White
House, what do you make of Hillary Clinton’s statement? What do you make
of her commitment to continue to be
involved in the process, calling herself a member
of the resistance? JEN PSAKI: Well good for her
for trying to channel her loss into something positive. I do think if you look at her
comments of what she’s said about, it would
have been guaranteed she would have won
on October 27th, we don’t really know that. Was sexism a factor?
Yes. Was Comey a factor? Was Russia a factor? Absolutely. But I’ve watched a
lot of focus groups. I’ve watched– looked at a
lot of polling over the years. And the perception of her
was baked into the cake for about 10 years. I would encourage any
Democrat running this year, whether they’re a
challenger or they’re a vulnerable incumbent, to
look at the focus groups that Priorities USA did. They did them in
Wisconsin and Michigan. And they looked at–
they talked to Trump– Obama Trump voters. And what came out of
them, those focus groups, was something very
alarming for Democrats. Which is the perception that we
are fighting for rich people, we’re fighting for the 1%. And if we don’t
change what we’re doing, if we don’t listen more,
we’re going to keep losing. And I think that was also
a factor in the race. JAKE TAPPER: I wonder, when you
see Hillary Clinton going out there and talking about
how it’s Comey’s fault, and how it’s Vladimir
Putin’s fault, and she’s a member
of the resistance. As a Republican, are you happy? Does it make you excited? Like she’s going to stick around
and keep blaming other people? MARSHA BLACKBURN:
I think as a woman who is in elective office,
it is disappointing to me. Hillary Clinton
has the opportunity to role model graciousness. But she is choosing to live
and stew in bitterness. And to blame somebody else. And throughout my career,
I’ve seen over and over again, eventually you say, this
didn’t work, or I didn’t win, or I am sorry. And you move on. You accept things. You own it. You move on. And she is missing a great
opportunity by not doing that. Listen to her. It’s always somebody
else’s fault. Listen to her another day for
the election, she would’ve won. JAKE TAPPER: So obviously,
what happened in 2016 is a certainly set
of circumstances it’s worth discussing and such. But, it’s been pointed out
that when Mitt Romney lost, a Republican
commentator pointed out, people said, he was
ahead in the polls, people forget, a few points
leading into the weeks before Election Day. And then came superstorm
Sandy, and Governor Christie expressing nice
things about President Obama during that race. And when Mitt Romney
was asked, is that– was Chris Christie’s hug of
Obama the reason you lost? He said, I lost because
of me and my campaign. It’s no one else’s fault. BAKARI SELLERS:
I think those are vastly different circumstances. JAKE TAPPER: Of course they are. But it’s still– but
he still probably– BAKARI SELLERS: That’s
apples and tangerines, Jake. JAKE TAPPER: But who
knows what he was thinking behind closed doors? BAKARI SELLERS: The fact is, you
had a foreign agent interfere and meddle in our election. 17 different intelligence
agencies have said it. It’s something we’ve
never seen before. Wikileaks weaponized the media. And every show that
I’ve been on went on and used those
e-mails and reinforced narratives of Hillary Clinton. But to sit here and
act like that Hillary Clinton didn’t take response–
didn’t take responsibility. MARSHA BLACKBURN: One
vote in one ballot box. BAKARI SELLERS:
They didn’t hack– they didn’t hack the election. They hacked the person. JAKE TAPPER: Right, right. There was no hacking
of election machines. Of course. BAKARI SELLERS: So,
no one’s saying that. But yes. I mean, Hillary Clinton
sit there and said, I take responsibility. I don’t know what else
you want her to do. AMANDA CARPENTER:
But I would say, as a former Secretary of
State, she should know, when she stands on a
stage like that and says, Russia is responsible
for my losing the election, that only makes
Russia all that more powerful. It wasn’t just an
attack on Hillary. Let’s remember, they
also tried to hack into Marco Rubio’s campaign. And of course, Wikileaks
was spreading information. Russia TV was
spreading information that was anti-Hillary. But I have a problem with
the Secretary of State making Russia– making it appear as though
they controlled our election. That is a bad move. That looks bad on America. This is something
that should concern both Republicans and Democrats. I believe it does. But when you politicize it that
way, that doesn’t help anyone. JEN PSAKI: Well that’s true. And that relates to what we
should be doing moving forward. I mean, you look at
the French election and what’s happening there. It’s happened in Italy
with the referendum. We have an election in Germany. And the fact that there are many
Republicans who are opposing moving forward with
the investigations, who are holding
back information, should be perplexing to people. Because Putin is not a
registered Republican. AMANDA CARPENTER: Right JEN PSAKI: He wants to create
confusion in the United States. So moving forward,
that’s absolutely right. Now, we do know from the
intelligence agencies and the assessment
that they were trying to help elect Donald Trump. So factually, there’s no
question it was a factor. We probably will
never know the fact– AMANDA CARPENTER:
That doesn’t mean they won’t turn on Donald Trump
when the conditions are right. MARSHA BLACKBURN: What
we need to do is this. We need to go back
and look at what happened with the
Clinton Foundation and Uranium One of those ties. JEN PSAKI: Why? AMANDA CARPENTER: And you’re
talking about moving forward. BAKARI SELLERS: That hasn’t
been investigated before. MARSHA BLACKBURN: We know that
the Russians are bad actors and they don’t wish us well. So, let’s agree on that. And agree, yes. JAKE TAPPER: Final word, Bakari. BAKARI SELLERS:
That makes no sense. But let me– MARSHA BLACKBURN: Of
course it makes sense. BAKARI SELLERS: Let
me– let me also– let me– let me just say this. For people to be
surprised that Hillary Clinton is a part
of the resistance, I wanted to go to that. This is somebody who was a civil
rights activist for a very long period of time, with
registering Hispanic voters, getting young African-Americans
out of adult prisons. Her being a part of a
civil rights movement or a struggle is nothing new. And so, this whole now that
she’s back on the scene, god bless her and let
her do what she pleases.

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