Clinton on Election Loss to Trump: 'I'm Not Over It'

May 20, 2018

Hillary Clinton acknowledged she's "not over" her 2016 presidential election loss to President Donald Trump during an address Sunday at Yale University's Class Day.

She joked about some of her coping methods for her surprising defeat, such as doing yoga and alternate nostril breathing.

"No, I’m not over it," Clinton said. "I still think about the 2016 election. I still regret the mistakes I made. I still think though that understanding what happened in such a weird and wild election in American history will help us defend our democracy in the future."

"Today, as a person, I’m OK, but as an American, I’m concerned," she added.

Taking a jab at Trump's fitness for office, Clinton told the graduates that, even with their Ivy League pedigree, they would fail at some point.

"It happens to all of us, no matter how qualified or capable we are. Take it from me," Clinton said, laughing.

Clinton's bestselling memoir What Happened delved into what she believed were the reasons for her election loss, among them Russia, fake news, Bernie Sanders, James Comey, sexism, and the Democratic National Committee.

She drew blistering criticism from fellow Democrats in March when she said Trump's campaign appealed to racists and misogynists, while she won in forward-looking parts of the country.

Clinton held up a Russian fur cap at one point during her speech, both a joke about Kremlin interference in the election and a nod to the Yale Class Day tradition of seniors wearing funny headgear, according to the New Haven Register.

"I brought a hat too—a Russian hat. Look, I mean, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!" she said.