Hillary Clinton says the United States must ‘be ready’ for the possibility that Donald Trump will not ‘go quietly’ from the White House if he loses in November and may blame mail-in votes
Hillary Clinton has said the United States needs to ‘be ready’ for the possibility that Donald Trump will refuse to leave the White House if he loses in November’s election.
Speaking to Trevor Noah on Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show, Clinton said she could not rule out voter suppression and foreign interference in this year’s vote.
Noah asked whether he may attempt, if he loses, to claim that the election was illegitimate and blame mail-in voting. ‘Well, I think it is a fair point to raise as to whether or not, if he loses, he’s going to go quietly or not,’ she said. ‘And we have to be ready for that.’
Clinton said that Trump’s repeated warnings of mass voting fraud, if mail-in ballots are in widespread use in November, did not stand up to scrutiny. ‘There have been so many academic studies and other analyses, which point out that it’s just an inaccurate, fraudulent claim,’ she said.
‘There isn’t that problem. All the games that are played … to try and keep the vote down – that’s the real danger to the integrity of our election, that combined with disinformation and misinformation and all the online shenanigans we saw in 2016.’
She continued: ‘Republicans have two prongs to their strategy to try to win.
‘The first is: try to prevent many people who they think won’t vote for them from voting. So, make the lines really long, where young people vote of African Americans vote, or Hispanics vote. ‘Try to make vote by mail as difficult as possible, when in fact that is how Donald Trump votes, and everyone who knows vote by mail understands that.’
She said she works with Democracy Docket to support lawsuits ‘to make the vote available’. Clinton said there remained however ‘real danger’ of an election rigged to lower the turnout, or meddled with from abroad. ‘Look, I want a fair election,’ she said. ‘If people get to vote and they, for whatever reason, vote for Donald Trump, OK, we’ll accept it. Not happily.
‘But I don’t think that’s what will happen, because I think the more people who can actually get to the polls, whether by mail or in person, and get their votes counted, then we are going to have the kind of election we should have.
‘And then it will be a win both in the popular vote and the Electoral College.’
It comes after former President Barack Obama chimed into the debate on mail-in voting Monday, knocking down Trump’s claim that it would lead to widespread fraud.
‘Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue – especially during a pandemic,’ the ex-president wrote. ‘Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.’
Obama then linked to a National Public Radio article that said the possibility for fraud was ‘such a miniscule amount it’s not statistically meaningful.’ As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so do the calls from Democrats to allow for as much mail-in voting as possible in November to cut down on Americans standing in long lines to vote.
Poll workers tend to be older Americans, who are also at the most risk if they contract the virus.