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Fellow Democrats say it's time for Hillary Clinton to end the blame tour and step out of the limelight. Above, Clinton at the Women for Women International Luncheon in New York, May 2, 2017. Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Democrats say Hillary Clinton should rethink her public blaming tour and instead take a page from former President Barack Obama and step out of the limelight. Obama has largely refrained from discussing President Donald Trump and instead tried to focus on drumming up civic engagement.

The Hill reported Sunday Democrats worry Clinton’s rehashing of the events leading up to her defeat in the 2016 presidential election, particularly the FBI’s investigation of her private email server, is doing the party no good. Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College after FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation into her email little more than a week before the election. Russian interference also planted misinformation across social media platforms, and hackers released embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.

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Clinton said last week the Russians could not have pulled off their interference without guidance from “people who had polling and data information,” indicating she believes the Trump campaign colluded with Russians. She also has been highly critical of the Democratic party, saying she had inherited nothing from it and earlier blamed her election loss in part on misogyny.

“Complaining about an outcome and blaming everyone else is not a good political strategy,” Democratic strategist Brad Bannon told the Hill.

Jamal Simmons, another Democratic strategist, said frustration is building over Clinton’s remarks.

“It would be nice to hear a little more about the things she did wrong, which I believe mattered more than what she has discussed,” said Simmons, who worked on former Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign.

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“If she is trying to come across as the leader of the angry movement of what happened in 2016, then she's achieving it,” a former senior aide to Obama told the Hill. “But part of the problem she had was she didn't have a vision for the Democratic party, and she needs to now take a break and let others come to the forefront.”

The aide said Clinton’s remarks are making it more difficult for DNC leaders Tom Perez and Keith Ellison to move forward.

Longtime aides say Clinton has no intention of running for public office again and is thus free to speak her mind although she has been mentioned as a possible New York mayoral candidate.

In remarks delivered as part of Wellesley’s commencement address little more than a week ago, Clinton likened the Trump administration to an authoritarian regime, criticizing the lack of attention to facts and science. She also called the administration’s proposed budget unimaginably cruel for underfunding such things as education and mental health.

On Thursday, she warned Trump had unleashed an “incredibly dangerous” level of hate and vitriol that should not be tolerated.

Clinton is perhaps among the most reviled political figures in recent U.S. history, eclipsing even Richard Nixon, who was forced from office by Watergate. After losing the 1960 presidential election to John F. Kennedy, Nixon quietly moved into private practice but remained a credible figure, a respected member of the political establishment and popular within his own party.

Politico noted Clinton remains a “pariah” among a large portion of the U.S. population, despised by Republicans, blamed for Trump’s win by Democrats and criticized by pundits.