At an event in Philadelphia Thursday night pushing her election memoir What Happened, Hillary Clinton stepped away from the orthodoxy of her Methodist upbringing and stated she’s starting to believe in karma. But really, she just needed something else to blame for her spectacular loss in 2016.
At one point in the evening, Clinton discussed how Matt Lauer was tougher on her during the NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum than he was with Donald Trump. And now that Lauer has fallen the way of Harvey Weinstein, Clinton interpreted that as karma for his treatment of a female candidate.
“Every day I believe more in karma, that’s all I can tell you,” Clinton said. She said Lauer and the like are “men who shaped the narrative” against her during the campaign.
“The only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women in politics,” she added.
In her book, Clinton unloaded on Lauer, a one-time Clinton Global Initiative partner: “I was ticked off. NBC knew exactly what it was doing here [in the debate]. The network was treating this like an episode of 'The Apprentice,' in which Trump stars and ratings soar… Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush. What a waste of time.”
This story as covered by the Philly Voice includes an update on Clinton’s health:
At one point early in the evening, Clinton launched into an extended coughing fit, the kind of thing that tended to lead to theories during the campaign that the candidate was concealing some sort of illness. [Host Jennifer] Weiner attempted to fill the time by making a self-deprecating joke about her own last name, but knowing that Clinton’s history with a man of that particular surname is what led to the notorious Comey Letter, she may have not found it so funny.
We are also told the fawning audience “paid hundreds of dollars” to sit in the auditorium last night and watch Clinton blame everyone but herself for an abysmal campaign.