In an interview on Sunday, with ABC News’ “This Week’s” George Stephanopoulos, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate Minority Leader, said that you shouldn’t blame anyone but yourself for losing an election.
During the interview, Schumer spoke about how Democrats need to move on following their latest defeat in the Georgia special election, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff last Tuesday.
“Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda,” Schumer said. “Policy, platform message that appeal to the middle class, that resonate with the middle class, and show that, and unite Democrats.”
“This economic message platform is going to resonate,” Schumer added. “It’s what we were missing, and it’s not going to be baby steps; it’s going to be bold.”
Moving on, most probably without even realizing it, Schumer said almost the same thing most people have been saying with regards to the way Hillary Clinton has reacted and responded to her defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
“But you lose an election, you don’t blame other people, you blame yourself,” he said.
However, the advice given by Schumer to Democrats doesn’t seem to be in line with Hillary Clinton’s response to the defeat and her strategy of consistently blaming everyone and everything but herself for the loss.
Earlier in May, while talking to the New York Magazine, Clinton said that she would have won the election if James Comey, the former FBI Director, and a few others had not acted against her.
“I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin,” Clinton said.
“Whoever comes next, this is not going to end. Republicans learned that if you suppress votes you win,” Clinton added.
Several Democrats seem to be frustrated with Clinton’s never ending blame game. Most are of the belief that the rhetoric will do more damage than good to the party’s long term chances.