Few things have been as predictable about the Trump presidency than his unpredictability. That’s why Hillary Clinton is coming forward to issue a dire warning about the upcoming election. While polls clearly show that former Vice President Joe Biden has a commanding lead over the sitting president, Clinton worries that Trump will not “go quietly” if he’s evicted from the White House and that he may blame mail-in ballots in the event of such a loss in the general election.
Clinton issued her warning while speaking with Trevor Noah on Monday during an episode of the ever-popular The Daily Show. Clinton also said that it is possible that there will be a voter suppression initiative run to try to keep people away from the polls or to block them from access to mail-in ballots. Not only that, but she fears that Trump may once again benefit from Russian or Ukrainian intervention in the election.
“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.”
Although Trump has loudly complained about mail-in ballots and the potential for voter fraud, the United States Postal Service remains an extremely valuable resource that is secure and reliable. His complaints did not stand up to closer scrutiny. However, the claim of voter fraud resonates with Trump’s base, who are afraid that foreigners and immigrants will pretend to be citizens and vote.
“There have been so many academic studies and other analyses, which point out that it’s just an inaccurate, fraudulent claim,” Hillary Clinton said to Trevor Noah. “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.”
Clinton, who has a lifetime of experience with American politics, added, “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 a 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.”
Clinton said that there is “real danger” of low election turnouts if mail-in ballots are not put in place because people might be too afraid to go to the polls during a pandemic. Lower voter turnouts are good for Trump and Republicans because they rely on the electoral college to win and not the popular vote.
“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.”
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