Hillary Clinton, in South Florida, blames ‘perfect storm’ for Donald Trump’s win

Woman in the arena: Hillary Clinton on stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday night. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

FORT LAUDERDALE  — Forget the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Hillary Clinton says she was the victim in 2016 of sexism and a “perfect storm” of domestic and foreign forces that worked against her and helped elect Donald Trump president.

The losing 2016 Democratic presidential nominee spoke for more than an hour to a sellout audience that paid $50 to $375 to see her in person at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as part of Clinton’s tour to promote her book What Happened.

Donna Read of Boca Raton brought a copy of Hillary Clinton’s new book to Clinton’s appearance in Fort Lauderdale. Read says the 2016 election was “a farce.” (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

The first female nominee of a major party said her gender worked against her for many voters.

“Women are seen favorably when we advocate for others, but unfavorably when we advocate for ourselves,” said Clinton, who said she was better liked as a first lady, U.S. senator and Cabinet secretary than when she was a candidate for president. “When a woman moves forward in the public arena on behalf of herself and says ‘I have a chance to lead,’ that causes a lot of cognitive dissonance.”

On top of that, Clinton said, “This was a perfect storm. Deep currents of anger and resentment, felt by many floating through our culture. A political press that told voters the most important story were my emails – that looks really good right now. The unprecedented intervention in our election 11 days before voting by the FBI and the information warfare waged against us from within the Kremlin.”

Clinton also weighed in on the Las Vegas massacre and the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Click here to read the whole story.

 

 

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