Hillary Clinton: Trump Will LOSE 2020 Election
Blames her 2016 loss on 'many funny things' that 'will not happen again'
Twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has predicted that her arch-rival President Donald Trump will lose the 2020 election.
Speaking about her own 2016 loss, Hillary blames "many funny things" that "will not happen again."
During a CBS News interview, due to air this weekend on "CBS Sunday Morning," Clinton describes Donald Trump as "an illegitimate president."
Hillary, who's rumored to be preparing to go up against Trump for a second time in 2020, says she now better understands her president's tactics.
"Look, there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again," she told CBS.
"And I'm hoping that both the public and press understand the way Trump plays the game," she said.
Clinton, who was crushed by Trump in the 2016 election when she lost the electoral college vote 227 to 304, said she doesn't believe she's made it harder for a woman to be elected president.
"Well, I hope not, and I don't think so – because the objective is to field whoever is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump," the former secretary of state said.
"Because Donald Trump right now poses a direct threat, a clear and present danger to the institutions of our government, to the rule of law, to our standing in the world."
The former presidential candidate and her daughter Chelsea sat down with Jane Pauley for a wide-ranging interview to be broadcast on the network's Sunday morning news program.
The two women have written a new tome: "The Book of Gutsy Women."
But Clinton was also asked about the current political climate, including the impeachment scandal and the "lock her up" chant Trump supporters shout at his campaign rallies - the same mantra he used successfully against her in the 2016 contest.
#AshtonKutcher tricked his fans into giving out their phone numbers by asking them to text him to get "truth" - presumably about his ex-wife Demi Moore - before sending back anti-Trump messages calling for the president's #impeachment.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) September 26, 2019
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The interview was conducted before Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump on Tuesday, CBS notes.
But Clinton suggested one was needed after the revelation that Trump discussed a corruption case involving Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, in regards to a Ukrainian gas company Hunter had ties to, with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"My view is that, given the latest revelation, which is such a blatant effort to use his presidential position to advance his personal and political interests, there should be an impeachment inquiry opened," Clinton said.
"And I think, sadly, there are a number of grounds. But this one is incredibly troubling."
She noted that "the most outrageously false things were said about me" in 2016 "and unfortunately, enough people believed them.
"So, this is an effort to sow these falsehoods against Biden."
She argued a president should not use their position to tackle political corruption.
"I don't care if you're for the [Democrats] or you're a Republican, when the president of the United States, who has taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, uses his position to in effect extort a foreign government for his political purposes," Clinton said.
"I think that is very much what the founders worried about in 'high crimes and misdemeanors.'"
"High crimes and misdemeanor" is an impeachable offense under the constitution.
Clinton lived through her own impeachment saga in the 1990s when her husband, then-President Bill Clinton, faced the impeachment process for "high crimes and misdemeanors" - specifically charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by Paula Jones.
The Senate failed to convict Bill Clinton.
The president of the United States has betrayed our country.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 25, 2019
That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act.
He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free.
I support impeachment.
Clinton on Wednesday announced her support for Pelosi's impeachment inquiry on Twitter, claiming "[t]he president of the United States has betrayed our country."
"That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act. He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free," she wrote.
"I support impeachment."
Clinton also shrugged off the "lock her up" chant Trump supporters use at his rallies.
The president often rails against Clinton's use of a private email server from when she was secretary of state, prompting the chant.
"No, it doesn't kill me because he knows he's an illegitimate president," she told CBS News.
"I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used – from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories – he knows that there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did.
"I don't know that we'll ever know what happened," she said of her 2016 loss.
Polls during the 2016 race indicated that Clinton was ahead of Trump.
The president struck back at his 2016 political rival on Wednesday after she tweeted her support for his impeachment.
He told reporters at the United Nations that the nation of Ukraine "could very well" have copies of tens of thousands of emails Clinton and her lawyers famously deleted while they were under subpoena.
"I think that one of the great crimes committed is Hillary Clinton deleting 33,000 emails after Congress sent her a subpoena," Trump said.
"You can't get rid of evidence like that," he added.
Trump spoke to reporters alongside Zelensky at the United Nations, facing questions about that July 25 phone call.
In one moment reflected in a transcript of the call the White House released Wednesday, Trump asked Zelensky about a data security firm called Crowdstrike, which investigated a 2016 Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee's computer network.
That, in turn, led to a series of politically damaging disclosures, which kept the Clinton campaign off balance for months.
Trump mocked Clinton on Wednesday for her explanation in 2015 of the decision to delete more than half the emails she kept on an unsecured home-brew server.
More than 100 classified documents were later found among her emails related to her tenure as secretary of state.
"She gets a subpoena from the United States Congress, and she deletes them and then said – I remember it – 'Oh, well, they had to do with the [Chelsea Clinton] wedding and yoga,'" Trump recalled.
"She does a lot of yoga. right?
"33,000 emails about the wedding and yoga. I don't think so."