Hillary Clinton has claimed Republicans “already have a plan” to steal the 2024 presidential election, the latest in a series of wild allegations from the former first lady, secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate.
“Right-wing extremists already have a plan to literally steal the next presidential election, and they’re not making a secret of it,” Clinton says in the Oct. 21 video from the progressive organization Indivisible.
“The right-wing-controlled Supreme Court may be poised to rule on giving state legislatures the power to overturn presidential elections,” she adds, referring to a case before the high Court in which a state court invalidated North Carolina’s new congressional map in 2019. The case, Moore v. Harper, could give state legislatures more power in regulating elections for federal office.
Clinton claimed that the legislation would allow Republican-controlled state legislatures, not the popular vote “or even the anachronistic Electoral College,” to decide the next election.
Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election, winning only 227 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 304. However, she received nearly 2.9 million more votes than the former president, the largest popular-vote margin in favor of any defeated presidential candidate in US history.
Clinton has repeatedly and notoriously alleged that the election was stolen from her, comparing it in a 2019 interview with CBS News to “applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt human tornado.”
“He knows he’s an illegitimate president,” she said of Trump. “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.”
While there is no evidence of the 2016 election being rigged or illegitimate, Clinton has insisted that there is a “widespread understanding” that the election was not conducted legitimately.
Clinton’s comments come as Democrats have repeatedly labeled any individual who questioned elections as “MAGA Republicans” and “semi-fascist,” as President Joe Biden said in a speech in September.
“Two of the hallmarks of a fascist political party are, one, they don’t accept the results of elections that don’t go their way, and two, they embrace political violence,” said congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) after Biden’s speech.
The strategy has begun to receive pushback, primarily from conservatives, some of whom have started pulling receipts of Democratic officials denying elections, as Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake did last week.
Earlier this week, while appearing on the View, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) quoted Clinton on her repeated denial of election results, as well as Democrat Stacey Abrams who lost the 2018 election in Georgia to incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and has since refused to concede.
“There are a lot of folks in the media that try to, any time a Republican is in front of a TV camera try to say, ‘the election was fair and square and legitimate,’” Cruz commented. “You know who y’all don’t do that to? You don’t do it to Hillary Clinton who stood up and said, ‘Trump stole the election.’ You don’t do it to Stacey Abrams who said the election was ‘stolen.’ They sat here and said it was illegitimate and you guys were fine with it!”
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