“Defeat to those interfering w/ democracy”
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On Sunday, following Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory in the French presidential election, Hillary Clinton posted a congratulatory tweet. But that’s not all. In addition to applauding Macron, Clinton made a subtle jab at the media, writing of Macron’s win, “Defeat to those interfering w/ democracy. (But the media says I can’t talk about that).”
Clinton is most likely referencing comments she’s recently made about her own bid for the presidency, suggesting Russian interference played a role in her unprecedented loss. Some outlets criticized Clinton for her comments. For instance, The Guardian was quick to point out Clinton took “absolute personal responsibility” for the loss, only to then blame Russian hackers and FBI Director James Comey for issuing a damning letter a mere days before the November 8 vote. And as CNN’s SE Cupp wrote,
“Remember, she takes ‘absolute personal responsibility.’ But ... who could argue that ‘it's very difficult to succeed a two-term president of your own party?’ Seriously, ‘Democrats haven't done it since, Lord knows, like the 1820s or '30s,’ so she's not making excuses but, you guys, take her word for it: It was basically impossible for her to win.”
Social media users blasted Clinton for a different reason altogether, poking fun at her for saying, “I’m back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.” Clearly, not everyone was buying her new revolutionary persona:
It’s worth noting, however, that Clinton isn’t the only presidential candidate to deal with Russian interference. Similarly, just days before the French election’s final round of voting, security analysts said they’d found evidence of Russian interference, telling Reuters that Russian hackers had compromised Macron’s campaign emails. Whether you criticize Clinton for blaming Russian interference or see her statements as completely valid, the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement during the 2016 presidential campaign should speak volumes.