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    'Root of All Evil': Reasons Behind Hillary Clinton's Defeat

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    Now that the election passions have subsided just a little, the question arises why Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost, after numerous polls predicted her victory over Donald Trump.

    The causes of Hillary Clinton's defeat in the US presidential election will be debated for years, according to Todd S. Purdum of Politico Magazine

    However, "in the first cold light of the day after, one big cause seems clearer than others: Her complacency. Years of it. A chronic case of complacency, in fact," the journalist stresses.

    The journalist draws parallels between the 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. In 2008, he notes, Clinton's campaign "miscalculated that an upstart insurgent couldn't beat her" and simply "ignored some states altogether and focused on the biggest contests."

    Likewise, in 2016 she improvidently neglected "usually reliable blue states Michigan and Wisconsin" after the primaries, Purdum underscores, adding that such a carelessness сost Clinton the White House.

    For his part, Tim Fernholz of Quartz believes that "Trump owes his victory to the polarization of American politics-the final difference in the vote will likely be less than two percentage points."

    Clinton's political opponent promised the American people "a fantastic past where the social and economic turmoil of the 21st century can be avoided" and they "came out to make him president," although it does not seem likely that he will fulfill his promises, the journalist points out.

    According to Fernholz, the discovery of a substantial portion of e-mails from Clinton's server by the FBI just twelve days before the election dealt a serious blow to Clinton's campaign.

    "[FBI Director James] Comey's role in the campaign underscored how little attention traditional policy issues received compared to hyped-up scandals," the journalist insists.

    FBI director James Comey gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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    FBI director James Comey gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Meanwhile, Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast assumes that "Hillary Clinton destroyed her own campaign."

    The journalist recalls that "there was trouble before she even entered the race." Woodruff refers to the New York Times story, published on March 2, 2015, about Clinton using a private email server while being a US Secretary of State.

    "Controversies surrounding the Clinton Foundation also didn't do her any favors," Woodruff continues.

    She suggests that the fact that the organization received contributions from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was a top level official "fueled the perception that big corporations could influence Clinton's decisions."

    The FBI stepping in on October 28 with its renewed investigation of Clinton's emails severely damaged her campaign, even though on November 6 James Comey announced that the second round of investigation "hadn't turned up anything," Woodruff emphasizes.

    While Democrats can blame the loss on FBI Director James Comey, it appears that the problem has its roots in the Democratic Party's policies, John Wildermuth of the San Francisco Chronical argues.

    "From the start of her campaign, it was impossible for Clinton to bill herself as the candidate for change. With her long ties to the Democratic establishment — and her years as President Obama's secretary of state — she was chained to Obama and his policies," he points out citing Thad Kousser, a political science professor at UC San Diego.

    A biweekly US conservative magazine, National Review (NR), provides yet another explanation for Clinton's defeat.

    "There are many reasons for Hillary Clinton's loss: obvious corruption, lockstep leftism, disastrous health-care prescriptions, abortion fanaticism, and basic incompetence are just a few," US journalist Heather Wilhelm highlights in her article for the media outlet.

    It seems that "the truth is out there."

    Still, according to Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, the reason behind the American people's choice of Donald Trump is obvious.

    "The world is changing, and established elites are passing [into oblivion]. US citizens are tired of conflicts with other countries and overseas interventions. During the election the [American] people have shown that they do not approve of these wars," Nikolic told Sputnik.

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    email leak, email scandal, military intervention, corruption, 2016 US Presidential election, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Donald Trump, Tomislav Nikolic, Barack Obama, Washington, United States
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