In an interview with New York magazine discussing her life after the election, Hillary Clinton said that the eagerness to pin her election loss solely on her is due to “schadenfreude:”
“When I ask Clinton about the eagerness to blame her and her alone for the election result, she gets impatient. ‘Oh, I don’t know, you’d have to talk to a psychologist about it. There’s always, what’s that word … Schadenfreude — ‘cut her down to size,’ ‘too big for her own britches’ — I get all that. But I don’t see this being done to other people who run, particularly men. So I’m not going to engage in it. I take responsibility, I admit that I’m not a perfect candidate — and don’t know anybody who was — but at the end of the day we did a lot of things right and we weathered enormous headwinds and we were on our way to winning. So that is never going to satisfy my detractors. And you know, that’s their problem.’”
In Clinton’s eyes, if it wasn’t for James Comey, WikiLeaks and misogyny, she would be president today despite the fact that she turned out to be a terrible candidate who took the election for granted.