NEW YORK, May 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Former U.S.
presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that
sexism played a role in her loss to Donald Trump but FBI
Director James Comey and intervention by Russia were more
decisive factors in her downfall.
Comey's announcement in October that he would reopen an
investigation into Clinton's email server and Russian-backed
moves by WikiLeaks scared off potential voters, Clinton said in
an interview at Women for Women International, a global charity.
Clinton, who served as Secretary of State under President
Obama, was projected as the heavy favorite but lost to
Republican Trump in the Nov. 8 election. Had she won, she would
have been the nation's first woman president.
Asked on Tuesday by interviewer Christiane Amanpour of CNN
if sexism played a part in her loss, Clinton said: "I do think
it played a role.
"It is real. It is very much a part of the landscape
politically, socially and economically," she said.
Clinton promised to address sexism in her new book to be
published this fall. She called writing the book "a painful
process" of reliving the campaign.
Saying she "absolutely" takes responsibility for her loss,
Clinton placed blame on the FBI's Comey, who sent a letter to
Congress days before the election saying he was reinstating an
investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while
secretary of state, and on Russian intervention.
WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy group, released Democratic emails
during the campaign that U.S. intelligence agencies say were
hacked by Russia to try to tilt the race against Clinton.
"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim
Comey's letter of October 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts
in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got
scared off," she said.
"The evidence for that intervening event is, I think,
If the election had been held on Oct. 27, she said: "I would
be the president."
Under Trump, she cautioned, progress in women's rights
issues - such as equal pay - is in jeopardy.
"I think we are not just at a stalled point. I think we are
potentially going backwards."
But she declared herself geared up to stay politically
active and involved with the Trump opposition, for whom "Resist"
has become a popular slogan.
"I'm now back to being an activist citizen and part of the
resistance," the 69-year-old Clinton said.
(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst, editing by Belinda Goldsmith;
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