Why did Donald Trump pull the upset of the century? How did “the most qualified presidential candidate in American history” (President Obama’s words) lose to a television reality show star? Did she lose because of her positions on the issues? Was it that America wanted an outsider? No, says the Clinton campaign. She lost for one reason – and their assessment will surprise you.
Within hours of her loss, the Clinton campaign pinned the historic defeat on FBI Director James Comey. Navin Nayak, the director of opinion research on the campaign, sent an email to senior staff Thursday evening outlining what the campaign believed were the reasons for its loss. The email, first reported by Politico, was confirmed to Business Insider by a Clinton campaign staffer.
Nayak signaled in his email that the campaign believes the bombshell from Comey in the final days of the election swung the electorate toward Trump.
“We believe we lost this election in the last week. Comey’s letter in the last 11 days of the election both helped depress our turnout and also drove away some of our critical support among college-educated white voters – particularly in the suburbs,” Nayak wrote. “We also think Comey’s second letter, which was intended to absolve Sec. Clinton, actually helped to bolster Trump’s turnout.”
Say what? Where is the logic in that? It seems the Clinton campaign is ignoring two stubborn facts that are as obvious as Monday night’s super-moon in the sky. Let’s play Jeopardy. I’ll put this in the form of two questions.
1. How did a letter absolving Mrs. Clinton help Mr. Trump?
Let’s be clear. The Clinton campaign claims that by telling the world that the FBI found no further wrong-doing by Clinton, it hurt her and helped Trump. To anyone who finds logic in that explanation, it probably also seems reasonable that the baby about to be born is not a life, that America’s corporate tax rates, the highest in the world, are too low, and that ISIS has nothing to do with Muslim extremism.
2. Who was it that deleted 30,000 emails the day after a subpoena for their release?
Was it Mr. Comey that inserted an unapproved server in a hidden basement in Colorado? Was it Mr. Comey who destroyed 13 devises with a hammer, after claiming there was only one? Was it Mr. Comey who received 12 “Pinocchios” from the New York Times for lying to Congress under oath?
In their defense, the Clinton campaign is simply reflecting human nature. There are four words that seem impossible for most of us to say – “It was my fault.”
Some would argue that Hillary Clinton would be President-elect today, if she had only said, a year ago, “It was my fault.” Perhaps Richard Nixon could have survived Watergate had he said, “It was my fault.” Maybe Bill Clinton could have avoided impeachment had he said, “It was my fault.”
The Bible says all have sinned (Romans 3:23). But that’s not the deathblow. It goes on to say that if we confess our sin God will forgive us for all eternity (Romans 6:23). But first we must confess our sin. We must learn the four words that have eluded the Clinton campaign and most of humanity – “It was my fault.”