At India Conference, Hillary Clinton Revisits 2016 Election Loss

Hillary Clinton

revisited her 2016 election loss at a recent conference in India, attributing it in part to married, white women who she said identify with the Republican politics of the men around them.

Democrats “do not do well with white men, and we don’t do well with married, white women,” she said. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

She said white women who would otherwise have supported her changed their minds with the “ill-advised” letter released by then-FBI Director James Comey 10 days before the election, in which he said he was reopening the investigation into her possible misuse of emails while secretary of state.

Fifty-two percent of white women and 62% of white men voted for

Donald Trump,

compared with 43% and 31% for Mrs. Clinton, respectively, according to exit polls.

Mrs. Clinton also said President Donald Trump ran his campaign by “looking backwards” and “attacking immigrants” while she won voters in “places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.”

“If you look at a map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” she said. “But what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product.”

Mrs. Clinton spoke on Saturday in Mumbai at an event sponsored by India Today. She promoted her book about the election, “What Happened,” and a new political group she formed called Onward Together, which she said is primarily aimed at getting young people engaged in democracy.

“I thought I was going to win,” she said.

She described Mr. Trump’s 2016 approach with voters as “the reality TV campaign” and added “maybe I should have given them more entertainment.”

Mrs. Clinton also talked about Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics, which she said was “intended to fan the flames of division in our society.”

Responding to reports of Mrs. Clinton’s remarks, the president’s son

Donald Trump Jr.

wrote on Twitter, “Just when you think she can’t get worse… she does.”

Special counsel

Robert Mueller

is conducting a criminal investigation of Russia’s activities and probing whether Mr. Trump’s campaign played a role. Mr. Mueller last month indicted three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens on charges of engaging in a widespread effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The Mueller team has indicted former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and other charges. Mr. Manafort has pleaded not guilty. The special counsel has also secured guilty pleas from

Rick Gates,

a longtime business associate of Mr. Manafort and a former Trump campaign aide; former National Security Adviser

Mike Flynn

; and former campaign adviser

George Papadopoulos.

The president denies any collusion with the Kremlin and denies obstructing the Russia investigation, which he has called a “witch hunt.” Moscow has said it didn’t meddle in the campaign.

Write to Julie Bykowicz at [email protected]

Appeared in the March 14, 2018, print edition as ‘Clinton Recaps Election Defeat.’