Bill Clinton Says Trump Attracted ‘Angry White Men,’ Blames Comey For Loss

AP

Former President Bill Clinton suggested in a recent interview that Donald Trump won the election in part by attracting the support of “angry, white men” and because FBI Director James Comey announced a potential development in the agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server less than two weeks before Election Day.

While shopping on Dec. 10 at a bookstore in Pleasantville, New York, Clinton told local newspaper the Record-Review that Trump “doesn’t know much.”

“One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him,” Clinton said, as quoted by Politico. The article was not available on the newspaper’s website.

Clinton also referenced Comey’s extremely unusual decision to announce what was ultimately a fruitless discovery of emails potentially related to the FBI investigation into his wife’s private email server just 11 days before the election, saying “James Comey cost her the election,” according to Politico.

On the question of whether he believed emails stolen by Russian-backed hackers and then leaked to websites like Wikileaks damaged his wife’s candidacy, Clinton was quoted as saying: “You would need to have a single-digit IQ not to recognize what was going on.”

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