Hillary Clinton spoke at a Women for Women event Tuesday and took “absolute personal responsibility” for mistakes that may have led to her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump, though she says her political demise was helped along by misogyny, Russia’s WikiLeaks interference, and James Comey’s ill-timed release of a letter to Congress on Oct. 28 about an investigation tied to her email. “If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your president,” she said. Her interview apparently touched a nerve with President Trump, and CNN reports that he took to Twitter in a pair of late-night tweets Tuesday. “FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony,” the president tweeted just before 11pm EDT.
A second tweet 15 minutes later continued where the first trailed off: “Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?” When asked earlier about incurring a Trump tweetstorm, Clinton said, “Fine. Better than the interfering in foreign affairs,” per CNN. She added she was happy to be a “diversion” and got in a final dig: “He should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote than doing some other things that would be important for the country.” Politico—which notes Clinton’s interview booted the White House presser (Trump’s regular lunchtime program) off the cable networks—points out some questions the president’s tweets bring up, including whether he had any evidence for his allegations, what those “bad deeds” were, and whether Comey should be investigated or will hit back.