Clinton blames Comey letters for her defeat

Speaking with Democrats who raised over $100,000 for her failed bid for the presidency, the former secretary of state said Comey’s second letter — just three days before the election — did more damage than the first, which landed just 11 days out, according to one individual on the call, who described her tone as clearly sad but hopeful.

Clinton told participants that the campaign’s data saw her numbers plunge after the first letter, then rebounded. But the second letter, she said, awakened Donald Trump’s voters.

The thrust of the call was about the need to stay active and the importance of supporting local, state, and national candidates in the future, the person added, noting that Clinton encouraged them to speak out, run for office, and not give up despite the dispiriting loss.