Why? Because her campaign entirely overlooked rural, white, working-class voters in favor of young, urban, Latino and black voters:
The failed presidential candidate’s greatest mistake was that she ceded white rural voters to her opponent, Donald Trump, Obama told reporters this week.
The former secretary of state and her campaign team focused all of their time and energy on targeting urban areas, while ignoring voters in surrounding rural territories, many of whom had supported Obama. In certain states — Wisconsin, for example — she did not even bother to campaign because polling showed that she was far ahead.
Instead, Obama suggested, Clinton should have campaigned like he did:
“You know, I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa,” Obama said Monday. “It was because I spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW hall, and there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points.”
“And one of the issues the Democrats have to be clear on is, given population distribution across the country, we have to compete everywhere. We have to show up everywhere. We have to work at a grassroots level, something that’s been a running thread in my career,” he added.
As narcissistic as he is, Obama is entirely correct here. Clinton ignored rural voters — and Trump went on to soundly defeat her among that demographic, 71 percent to 29 percent.
Clearly there’s no love lost between Obama and Clinton.