Emmanuel Macron’s victory over the weekend in France’s presidential election was a win not just for him but for “France, the EU, & the world,” former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter Sunday evening.
His win, she wrote, was also a “defeat to those interfering w/democracy. (But the media says I can’t talk about that).”
Speaking at an event last week in Manhattan, Clinton offered her most expansive comments to date on her surprise loss to President Donald Trump in last November’s election. She told the audience that “I take absolute personal responsibility” but also said that “I was on the way to winning” until Russian cyberattacks dragged down her campaign and the FBI reinserted its investigation of her email practices as secretary of state into the campaign with just days to go before Election Day.
The latter comment prompted some criticism for Clinton from those accusing her of failing to truly take responsibility for her loss.
While the parallels were not seamless, the candidates in the French presidential election that ended over the weekend bore a resemblance to the ones who ran in the U.S. last year. Macron, a center-left candidate defeated Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate whose campaign focused on issues of immigration and nationalism, not unlike Trump. And Macron, like Clinton, was the target of a major cyberattack, although his seemingly came too late in the campaign to have done significant damage.
Former President Barack Obama, who campaigned hard for Clinton but pledged to mostly stay out of politics after leaving the White House, endorsed Macron in a video posted online. Trump, too, weighed in on the race, telling the AP that Le Pen was the “strongest on borders, and she’s the strongest on what’s been going on in France.” He stopped short of offering her an official endorsement and on Sunday, congratulated Macron and wrote on Twitter that “I look very much forward to working with him!”
Macron, in a last ditch effort to encourage his supporters to vote, released a video featuring U.S. political pundits expressing near certainty that Clinton would defeat Trump in last year’s election. At the video’s end, a message flashes across the screen warning Macron supporters that “the worst is not impossible. Vote.”