Clinton Has a History of Questioning Legitimacy of George W. Bush’s 2000 Election
Given the widespread and bipartisan criticism of Donald Trump‘s refusal to say he’d accept the results of the 2016 election during the final presidential debate, it’s worth noting that his opponent Hillary Clinton has suggested more than once that former president George W. Bush did not actually win the highly contentious 2000 election, and that his brother and then-Florida Governor Jeb Bush may have had something to do with it.
In 2002, Clinton attended a private fundraiser for Democratic Missouri Senator Jean Carnahan in Los Angeles. According to Newsweek, Clinton told the crowd that she believed that Bush– then the sitting president– was “selected,” not “elected.”
Later in 2009, Secretary of State Clinton was holding a town hall in Abuja, Nigeria. When asked about electoral irregularities in the African nation, Clinton said that even the United States was not perfect in that regard. “Our democracy is still evolving. We had all kinds of problems in some of our past elections, as you might remember,” she said.
“In 2000, our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state, so I mean, we have our problems too. But we have been moving to try to remedy those problems as we see them,” she said.
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