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A top Democrat unexpectedly scolded Hillary Clinton for not blaming the election loss on herself AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, tries bubble tea at a restaurant in the Flushing section of Queens in New York, Monday, April 18, 2016. She was joined by Congresswoman Grace Meng and Senator Chuck Schumer, left. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made a surprising criticism of Hillary Clinton during an interview with The Washington Post previewing the party’s new economic agenda called “A Better Deal.”

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Schumer seemingly scolded Clinton for blaming the election loss on former FBI director James Comey and Russian interference rather blaming than herself for not communicating what the Democrats stand for.

“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” he said. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And [they] still believe that.”

The Comey mention refers to the former FBI director’s letter to Congress a week before the election stating that the FBI had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into Clinton’s emails.

The buzz about the letter and the election results spawned headlines like this: “The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election.”

Schumer’s comments, in the context of the “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future” discussion, are an attempt to show that the party has a positive economic message, not a purely anti-Trump message.

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“[It’s] not about moving the party left or right, and it’s not about appealing to one coalition or another. A strong, sharp-edged, populist, bold economic message appeals to the Obama coalition and the people who voted for Trump — former Democrats who voted for Trump,” he said.

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