Hillary: ‘We Have to be Ready’ if Trump Refuses to ‘Go Quietly’
Clinton says president will blame mail-in voting if he loses election in November
Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the United States needs to 'be ready' if President Donald Trump loses the election in November and refuses to leave the White House.
Clinton suggested there could be Russian meddling, telling Trevor Noah on The Daily Show she could not rule out foreign interference and voter suppression.
Noah asked if Trump could blame mail-in voting in the event of losing November's election.
"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."
Clinton also blasted Trump's warning of mass voting fraud if mail-in ballots are in widespread use in November.
"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."
In June, Trump warned of millions of mail-in ballots being printed in foreign countries that could be "rigged."
The president argued that foreign countries would attempt to taint the 2020 election by printing the ballots.
Trump tweeted at the time:
"RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!"
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
"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."
"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."
Clinton has been eagerly calling for voting reform since April.
The former secretary of State urged Americans earlier this year to “act now” so people can “safely cast a ballot in November."
"GOP officials and conservative jurists forced Wisconsin voters yesterday to choose between risking their lives to vote and being disenfranchised. It’s unconscionable,” she said at the time.
“We need to act now to make sure every citizen can safely cast a ballot in November,” she added.
But despite Clinton's argument that voting by mail is free from fraud, federal data showed almost 28.4 million mail-in ballots disappeared since the 2012 election.
The records showed ballots went missing the previous four election cycles in the last eight years.
The data is from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Election Administration and Voting Surveys show records for 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 election cycles.
During that period, almost 30 million mail-in ballots went missing after being sent to registered voters.
In May, Trump warned against "very dangerous" mail-in voting for the upcoming 2020 election in November.
"Voting by mail is very dangerous because people can grab them; people can take that proxy, sign a name," Trump said.
"They can do all sorts of things, especially harvesting," the president said.