Hillary Clinton told the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah on Monday that she doubted that President Donald Trump would leave office quietly if the incumbent president loses his re-election bid this November reported Fox News. She provided no evidence to support this claim, which was quickly denounced by the White House.
The former Secretary of State, who was defeated by Trump during her bid for the White House in 2016 said, “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.” The comments came during an interview that included her opinions on the possibility of voter fraud tainting the results of November’s presidential election.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was dismissive of Clinton’s unsubstantiated claim. “It’s quite comical to watch the Democrat Party talk about not accepting the results of the election,” McEnany said according to Fox News, “because the only people who haven’t accepted the results of elections are people in the Democrat Party, like Hillary Clinton who’s blamed her loss on, I think it was something like two dozen different entities, never blaming herself.” McEnany went on to reference Stacey Abrams, the defeated Georgia gubernatorial candidate who still has not acknowledged her 2018 loss to current Georgia governor Brian Kemp (R).
Trump himself has acknowledged his willingness to abide by the results of the upcoming election in comments made to Fox News recently. One of the 2016 presidential debates featured questions to the candidates about accepting the results of the election. At the time there was speculation among pundits that Trump could win the popular vote and lose in the Electoral College and subsequently refuse to accept losing the presidency. In fact the actual outcome was the reverse, with Trump victorious in the Electoral College and Clinton gathering the higher popular vote total.
Clinton has blamed her loss in the 2016 election on a variety of factors in her public comments as well as in her book on her presidential run, What Happened?, published in 2017. She has repeated her claims, especially about foreign interference being a prime factor in her defeat, over the past three years.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Clinton dismissed any potential voter fraud complaints as being without merit. She also refused to rule out foreign interference in the November elections, echoing a claim she first made against Russian interference in the 2016 contests soon after their conclusion. Clinton weighed in on Trump’s recent commutation of the sentence of Roger Stone (which she incorrectly referred to as pardoning). Clinton claimed that Trump, “was involved in the seeking of foreign help and the utilization of it, and how Roger Stone was critical to that.”
The Mueller Report found no evidence of any collusion with Russian agents on the part of the Trump campaign during that contest.
The Daily Show is a satirical/humor program focused on current news and events. In the entire 244-year history of United States Presidential elections, no sitting president has ever refused to give up his office.