Hillary Clinton on 2016 Election: ‘There Are Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy’
In a sit-down interview with Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton weighed in on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. And during the conversation, she noted that the results of the election may not be legit.
“I think there are lots of questions about its legitimacy,” Clinton said in response to Berman’s question on whether it was a legitimate election. “And we don’t have a method for contesting that in our system. That’s why I’ve long advocated for an independent commission to get to the bottom of what happened.”
In Clinton’s view, it was a combination of Russian interference and voter suppression efforts in states like Wisconsin that led to her losing the Electoral College despite winning the national popular vote by roughly 3 million votes.
“In a couple of places, most notably Wisconsin, I think it had a dramatic impact on the outcome,” the ex-Secretary of State said regarding voter ID laws and other measures, adding that it “seems likely that it cost me the election [in Wisconsin] because of the tens of thousands of people who were turned away and the margin being so small.”
Regarding Russia and the current president, she said that she still believes that President Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet, highlighting Trump’s recent meeting with Putin when POTUS said that the Russian leader told him he didn’t meddle in the election.
“I can’t believe that he’s so naïve,” Clinton exclaimed. “I think that he hopes or expects the rest of us to be naïve, or at least the people who support him to be naïve. But this is a serious cyberattack on America.”
Watch the clip above, via Mother Jones.
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