"The hard part for her is this loss doesn't make logical sense," Ms. Brown said. "She is trying to make logical sense of it to accept it. And in doing so, she is reaching for every possible explanation she can find."
"To not recognize the fact that this change election has been brewing is to miss the fact that the Republicans wiped the floor with the Democrats in 2010 and 2014, and to miss the fact that Republicans had been growing in strength across the states throughout Obama's tenure," said Lara Brown, an associate professor of political management at George Washington University. "Yes, it was about Hillary. ... But her loss also wasn't about her. There were forces culminating in this election."