Hillary Clinton, who once said the peaceful transfer of power is critical for democracy, said in an interview clip that aired Tuesday that Joe Biden should not concede defeat no matter how badly he is defeated by President Trump.
The remarkable comment came during an interview on Showtime’s “The Circus,” that released a portion of the interview.
“Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out,” she said.
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Trump supporters have said Clinton may have verbally conceded in 2016, but the party spent the last four years trying to remove him from office. Between what Trump called the “Russia collusion hoax,” and his interaction with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the attempts to remove Trump were constant.
This is not the first time that Clinton hesitated when it comes to practicing what she preached. Even though she conceded relatively quickly in 2016, she later told NPR that she would not rule out questioning the legitimacy of the election if more developed regarding Russian interference.
Clinton recalled being numb when she called Trump to concede at the time. She said President Obama urged her to do it. She wrote in her book, “What Happened,” that her call with Trump was one of the “strangest moments of my life.”
She said she congratulated him and offered to help in any way that she could to help the transition go smoothly.
“It was all perfectly nice and weirdly ordinary,” she wrote. “Like calling a neighbor to say you can’t make it to his barbecue. It was mercifully brief…I was numb. It was all so shocking.”
Clinton’s comment about Biden refusing to concede is chilling when you consider the current anger and violent protests in the country. If Biden contests a Trump victory, it seems like a logical assumption that massive protests will intensify in cities already burning across the U.S.
“I think that [Republicans] have a couple of scenarios that they are looking toward. One is messing up absentee balloting. They believe that helps them so that they then get maybe a narrow advantage in the Electoral College on Election Day,” Clinton said. “So we’ve got to have a massive legal operation, and I know the Biden campaign is working on that.”