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Two-time Democratic presidential contender and 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton told a podcast posted Monday that the prospect of a second term for President Donald Trump makes her “literally sick to my stomach.”
“I can’t entertain the idea of him winning, so let’s just preface it by that,” Clinton told journalist Kara Swisher on her podcast.
“Well, because it makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we’d have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions, and damaging of our norms and our values, and lessening of our leadership, and the list goes on,” she continued.
Most Republicans “have been cowards, spineless enablers,” Clinton said. She believes that most want to see him gone ‘as much as we do, but they can’t say it publicly.”
Clinton couldn’t secure her party’s nomination in 2008, losing out to then-fellow U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. She managed to beat back a surging Sen. Bernie Sanders to secure the nomination in 2016 but was defeated by Trump in a sound electoral victory.
Swisher, who is associated with The New York Times Opinion network, asked the former secretary of state and first lady if she had any “fear” President Trump would pursue prosecutorial actions against her if he wins reelection.
“There’s no doubt that he would do everything he could to attack and punish anyone who was, in his view, an adversary,” she responded. “And he would be aided and abetted, sadly, by both elected and appointed officials.”
“So, of course, one of the most important accomplishments that I hope we see in this election is a Democratic Senate, where that would be the check that we would need against further abuse of power,” Clinton added.
She also claimed, again, that Trump’s 2016 victory was not valid, despite his commanding Electoral College advantage, saying he “lives with this specter of illegitimacy.”
A post-election analysis found that all of Clinton’s popular vote victory came from a 4.3 million vote advantage over Trump in California. Meanwhile, Trump captured 306 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232.
“I don’t think he has any boundaries at all, Kara,” Clinton told the podcaster. “I don’t think he has any conscience. He’s obviously not a moral, truthful man.
“So he will do whatever he can to lift himself up. And remember, as I said, he lives with this specter of illegitimacy. He knows more about how he got really elected than we still do. Hopefully, we’ll learn more in the years ahead,” Clinton said in what may have been another reference to Russia collusion, a narrative she has been accused of creating.
Recently declassified materials indicate U.S. intelligence officials discovered in July 2016 that Clinton was responsible for the false narrative and that then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed then-President Obama about it.
Brennan “briefed Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services,’” according to the document.’
Two months afterward, intelligence officials sent an “investigative referral” to then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding “Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server,” the document states.
Clinton has been a frequent critic of Trump and has regularly insinuated, without evidence, that the ‘America first’ president’s loyalties lie elsewhere.
“Donald Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that his first allegiance is not to the United States of America,” she tweeted earlier this month.
Donald Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that his first allegiance is not to the United States of America.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 1, 2020
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