It can't be easy to lose such a huge, vitriolic election. Just imagine the fallout: you spent years of time and energy and had a pretty confident attitude about winning, and now you have half the country who is celebrating your loss, half who is mourning, and a bunch of donors who poured millions into you--for naught. Intense, right?
Hillary Clinton had a conference call last Saturday to her major donors, reports the New York Times. In it, she offered a defense for her loss and had to receive some pretty harsh criticism. Clinton's main point of defense was the FBI's re-opened investigation just before the election: “There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful. Our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.”
Clinton said that instead of helping her, Comey's hasty exoneration hurt her campaign even more, suggesting more Washington corruption. But the New York Times reports that donors didn't buy the blame game: "They pointed to the campaign’s lack of a compelling message for white working-class voters and to decisions years ago by Mrs. Clinton to use a private email address at the State Department and to accept millions of dollars for speeches to Wall Street."
Jay S. Jacobs, a prominent New York donor to Clinton said: “You can have the greatest field program, and we did — he had nothing. You can have better ads, paid for by greater funds, and we did. Unfortunately, Trump had the winning argument.”
The night before, speaking to a bunch of volunteers, Clinton shared how hard the post-election days have been. “Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” she said with a sigh. “These have been very, very tough days.”