Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she would have been called a “genius” and her campaign “perfect” if she had won the 2016 presidential election.
In an interview with WNYC, the former secretary of State reflected on being the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. She said that because of the hurdles women face, she would have been hailed as brilliant if she won.
“I thought it was pretty revolutionary that I was the first woman to have a realistic chance of becoming president,” Clinton said. “So I don’t know how any woman who is not familiar to people, since we have so many hurdles to overcome, could have even been in that position that I found myself.
“So if I had won, you know, I would have been seen as a genius; my campaign would have been seen as perfect,” she added. “I understand all of that.”
Clinton, who led Donald Trump in the polls for months ahead of the November election, eventually lost the electoral vote to the Republican nominee, but won the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.
Clinton’s comments drew a sarcastic response from former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“And ‘if’ I won the lottery I’d be rich,” Spicer wrote on Twitter.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 12, 2017