Hillary Clinton came out swinging Wednesday, ripping Russia for her November loss to President Trump and accusing the White House of colluding with Moscow in weaponizing technology to bring her campaign down.
Clinton linked Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections to Trump and said she hoped investigators would be able to unmask a plot to interfere in the U.S. elections.
“I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost,” she said at the annual Code Conference in California. “Anti-American forces are going after our economy and they are going after our unity as a nation.”
“Anti-American forces are going after our economy and they are going after our unity as a nation.”
Clinton described how a Russian-led misinformation campaign was launched against her using social media networks like Facebook that weren’t able to cut through the “fake news” circulated on the sites.
“What we saw in this election particularly the first time we had the tech revolution really weaponised politically,” she said. “It was aimed at me but it’s a much deeper more persistent effort to literally turn the clock back on so much of what we have achieved as a country.”
She also didn’t hold back when asked who she thought was responsible for directing the Russians.
“I’m leaning Trump,” she said.
Clinton also claimed she was treated unfairly for accepting millions of dollars in speaking fees from Wall Street firms amid an increasingly competitive race with self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and then Trump.
“I have to say… I never thought someone would throw out my entire career because I made a couple of speeches,” she said. “Men got paid for speeches they made… I got paid for the speeches I made.”