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Hillary Clinton said Tuesday Americans should “be ready” for the possibility that if President Donald Trump loses in November, he won’t “go quietly” and will blame his loss on mail-in balloting, which has already proven to be problematic.
In an interview with “The Daily Show,” Clinton — who twice ran unsuccessfully for president — said she was concerned about voter suppression and foreign interference in this year’s elections.
Then host Trevor Noah appeared to tee her up, asking if she thought Trump would claim the election was illegitimate if he loses 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.”
She then claimed that the president’s continued warnings about mass vote fraud via mail-in balloting did not stand up to scrutiny.
“There have been so man 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 then claimed that “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 or 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 added.
She noted further that she currently works with a group called Democracy Docket, which supports lawsuits “to make the vote available.”
And she said that there is a “real danger” that there will be election meddling aimed at lowering voter turnout, domestically and from abroad.
“Look, I want a fair election. If people get to vote and they, for whatever reason, vote for Donald Trump, okay, we’ll accept it. Not happily,” Clinton said.
“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,” she added. “And then it will be a win both in the popular vote and the Electoral College.”
Democrats appear to be waging a full-court press to sow doubts in the minds of Americans regarding mail-in voting and President Trump’s legitimate opposition to it.
On Monday, former President Barack Obama jumped into the fray, writing on Twitter, “Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue––especially during a pandemic. Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.”
Voting by mail shouldn't be a partisan issue––especially during a pandemic. Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election. https://t.co/enlhkichz3
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 13, 2020
Obama’s post linked to an NPR story claiming that Republicans have turned mail-in balloting into a politically charged issue.
In April, Biden claimed President Trump would try to postpone the election because “it’s the only way” he can win.
“Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” he said.
“I promise you the Russians did interfere in our election and I guarantee you they are doing it again with two other major actors. You can be assured between [Trump] and the Russians there is going to be an attempt to interfere,” he added.
Democrats are seizing on the coronavirus pandemic to push nationwide mail-in balloting. But BizPac Review has documented several instances where mail-in votes were either lost, not counted, or destroyed.