MSNBC Panelists Believe Clinton Being Sore Loser: ‘Sad Way To Step Off Stage’


Members of the mainstream media now appear to be losing patience with Hillary Clinton’s multitude of excuses for why she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump.

A panel of journalists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, including from The New York Times and The Washington Post, agreed that Clinton’s blaming of everyone but herself for her loss is unseemly, with one stating, “It’s a sad way to step off the stage.”

At a speech in New York on Friday, the Democratic nominee blamed both FBI Director James Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin for her loss.

Clinton cited a piece from FiveThirtyEight political reporter Nate Silver, who wrote that late-deciding voters went against her because of Comey’s letter to Congress in late October. The letter indicated, following new revelations, the FBI was reopening its investigation into the former secretary of state’s use of a private, unsecured, unauthorized email server.

“Nate Silver believes, I happen to believe this, that that letter most likely made the difference in the outcome,” said Clinton.

“We have to recognize that, as the latest reports made clear, Vladimir Putin himself directed the covert cyberattacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a personal beef against me,” she added.

MSNBC panelist Mike Barnicle reacted to Clinton’s comments, saying, “I think all of us have a lot of respect for the former secretary of state, the former senator from New York, former first lady. This is a sad way to step off the stage.”

“The Comey letter certainly had an impact on the election, in that it reminded voters of what she had failed to do for many, many months. And that is to address specifically and credibly her email problem,” he added. “Her larger problem is she went to the country with really no story” other than “it’s my turn.”

“It’s just this utter incapability for self-examination,” New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters chimed in. “It’s the Russians’ fault, It’s Comey’s fault … it’s Huma [Abedin’s]’s fault, it’s [President] Obama’s fault, it’s fake news’ fault, it’s the media’s fault.”

“What all of this allows them and the Democratic Party to do is to avoid the tough questions about why they lost and how they alienated such a large block of voters, and the fact that none of them saw this for the election it was, which was a change election, and she wasn’t the agent of change the Americans wanted,” Peters observed.

“I think Hillary Clinton’s comments were painful to watch,” said David Ignatius with The Washington Post. “I like the quicker, cleaner Barack Obama version after the 2010 midterm election, when he said,  ‘We got shellacked.’”

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough noted that the trend against the Democrat Party in middle America has been years in the making, referencing a graphic with the change in the party’s fortunes since 2009, when Obama became president.

That year, the Democrats controlled the House of Representatives with 256 members; now they have 188. In the Senate they had 58, and now they have 46 (though an additional two independents caucus with them). There were 28 Democratic governors in 2009, and currently there are 18.

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