While one former First Lady—Michelle Obama—is fond of encouraging her fellow Democrats to take the high road when political opponents are perceived to “go low,” another—Hillary Clinton—is telling Democrats to stoop even lower.
In a dramatic about-face from her own race against President Donald Trump, the failed 2016 presidential candidate suggested that current Democrat nominee Joe Biden should refuse to accept the results of the upcoming November election.
“Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances,” Clinton said in a remote interview with her former campaign stooge Jennifer Palmieri for a site called The Recount.
Clinton recklessly and dangerously declared that Trump’s victory would be invalid due to suspicions that he might cheat to win.
But she said that by being sore-losers the Left could ultimately prevail in a drawn-out war of attrition—albeit one that, inevitably, would further erode the foundations of democracy and increase partisan acrimony.
“I think this is gonna drag out,” Clinton said, “and eventually I do believe he [Biden] will win if we don’t give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.”
Clinton—known for her efforts in the last race to commission false reports alleging Trump conspired with the Russians, as well as having tried to take down former primary rival Barack Obama by suggesting he was born in Kenya—tested out some new conspiracy theories in the short clip posted on Twitter.
She promoted, without evidence, a claim that Trump would try to interfere with absentee balloting. The misleading narrative already has circulated widely within the leftist media echo-chamber, and it figured prominently into claims during the Democratic National Convention last week that the president was trying to eliminate the post office.
Democrats, themselves seeking to undermine election integrity, have pressed for a series of legal changes to elections, claiming that the circumstances of the coronavirus prevent many citizens from voting in person.
As a result, several blue-led states insist they must send ballots to every person listed on their drastically out-of-date voter rolls (while fighting efforts to clean them up), legalize ballot harvesting, eliminate requirements for witness signatures and do away with deadlines that cut off the counting of late ballots after Election Day.
“We’ve gotta have a massive legal operation, and I know the Biden campaign is working on that,” Clinton said.
Clinton and other leftist operatives have repeatedly attempted to muddy the issue by conflating legitimate absentee ballot practices—which are widely supported and involve thorough vetting—with their radical attempts at sowing Election Day chaos.
But for those who do insist on voting in person, despite the apparent dangers that Left insists the virus will pose, Clinton said radical activists should be ready to gather outside of polling places and engage in voter-intimidation efforts, which she suggested would only be in response to similar efforts on the Right.
“We have to have our own people to counter the force of intimidation that the Republicans and Trump are going to put outside polling places,” she said.
No evidence exists that the Right is planning any such efforts.