David Axelrod: ‘Jim Comey Didn’t Tell Hillary Clinton Not To Campaign In Wisconsin’


If Hillary Clinton accomplished anything in her return to the public eye yesterday, it appears that she has begun to unify a divided nation, though perhaps in a way she did not intend.

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International Conference yesterday, Secretary Clinton started something of a debate when she “took responsibility” for her failed shot at the presidency, but also laid the blame for her loss at the feet of FBI Director James Comey and the letter he released just days before the election.

In truth, Clinton was up in the polls on October 28th, but her standing seemed to fall precipitously after Comey made details public of a re-opened investigation into Anthony Weiner’s laptop. That investigation went nowhere by the way.

Appearing on CNN’s New Day, David Axelrod was asked to opine on Clinton’s comments by hosts Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomoo and did not hold back. He first hedged, saying that Secretary Clinton has a “legitimate beef because Comey’s letter was instrumental in her defeat.” But then he let loose, adding:

But Jim Comey didn’t tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin after the convention. Jim Comey didn’t say not to put any resources in Michigan until the final week of the campaign. And one of the things that hindered her in the campaign was a sense that she never fully was willing to take responsibility for her mistakes, particularly that server. And, you know, so if I were her, if I were advising her, I would say don’t do this, don’t go back and appear as if you are shifting responsibility off of yourself. She said the words I am responsible, but everything else suggested she doesn’t feel that way and I don’t think that helps her in the long-run. So if I were her, I would move on.

Axelrod knows a thing or two about campaigning as he played a pivotal role in President Obama’s two successful bids for the White House. So his comments come with more gravitas than a typical cable news pundit. Given that Axelrod and Clinton are ideological allies only make his remarks more stunning.

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