Hillary Clinton discusses the modern incarnation of the 'Vast Right Wing Conspiracy' and explains why she thinks she lost in 2016. The former first lady spoke at Recode 2016 on Wednesday, a tech conference in Silicon Valley. QUESTION: You and I have discussed this, this idea of… how many years did you talk about the 'vast right wing conspiracy?' CLINTON: Um, about… let's see, it was probably â€˜98? Q: And at the time people thought you were… CLINTON: A little crazy [laughter]. Q: Right, ok. What is it like now? How do you look at it now? Because it is used. Because you're someone that's got to know that a target's on your back almost every… You know, right now every bot in Russia is working their way with the last 20 seconds of things you said. HILLARY CLINTON: Yes, right. Well I hope we get into this because look – I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that's not why I lost. So I think it's important that we learn the real lessons from this last campaign because the forces that we are up against are not just interested in influencing our elections and our politics, they're going after our economy and they're going after our unity as a nation. So yes, back in â€˜98 – look, I have been watching this and have been, obviously, the target for a number of years. And what is hard for people to really accept – although now after the election there's greater understanding – is that there are forces in our country – put the Russians to one side – who have been fighting rear guard actions for as long as I've been alive because my life coincided with the Civil Rights movement, with the Women's Rights movement, with anti-war protesting, with the impeachment… you know, the driving out of office because he was about to be impeached president… Swisher: Let's be specific. Yeah, let's be very specific as if people didn't understand what I was saying [laughter]. And let's talk about, you know, Watergate and all the stuff that we lived through. And we were on a real roll is a country despite assassinations, despite setbacks. You know, opening the doors of opportunity, expanding rights to people who never had them in any country, was frankly thrilling. And I believed then, and I believe now, that we're never done with this work. And so part of the challenge is to maintain the energy and the focus to keep going forward. But you've got to recognize the other side is never, never tired either. They're always looking to push back. Watch Clinton's full Recode 2016 interview: RECODE CONFERENCE: There's no better person to talk about our fractured political landscape than someone who has spent 40 years in public service, including as First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State and the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party and is a longtime advocate on gender equality issues.