Hillary Clinton has ordered the United States to ‘be ready’ for President Donald Trump refusing to leave the White House if he loses in November’s election amid a potential mail-in voting fraud scandal.
Noah asked Hillary whether Trump may attempt, if he loses and believes the election was rigged, to refuse to “go quietly.“
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‘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.’
DailyMail report: Clinton said that Trump’s repeated warnings of mass voting fraud, if mail-in ballots are in widespread use in November, did not stand up to scrutiny.
‘There have been so many academic studies and other analyses, which point out that it’s just an inaccurate, fraudulent claim,’ she said.
‘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.’
She continued: ‘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 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.’
She said she works with Democracy Docket to support lawsuits ‘to make the vote available’.
Clinton said there remained however ‘real danger’ of an election rigged to lower the turnout, or meddled with from abroad.
‘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.’
It comes after former President Barack Obama chimed into the debate on mail-in voting Monday, knocking down Trump’s claim that it would lead to widespread fraud.
‘Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue – especially during a pandemic,’ the ex-president wrote.
‘Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.’
Obama then linked to a National Public Radio article that said the possibility for fraud was ‘such a miniscule amount it’s not statistically meaningful.’
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so do the calls from Democrats to allow for as much mail-in voting as possible in November to cut down on Americans standing in long lines to vote.
Poll workers tend to be older Americans, who are also at the most risk if they contract the virus.
Noah, who returned on Monday from a two week July 4th break, asked Clinton how she had been spending her time during lockdown.
‘Because I know if I was in your position, I would spend most of my time tweeting “I told you so” and I would walk around the street just looking at people saying, “It could have been me, it could have been me,”‘ he said.
‘Well, you know, before the lockdown I was doing all of that,’ Clinton joked in response.
‘I mean there’s probably video.’