Hillary Clinton Calls Trump ‘Illegitimate President’ — Supports Impeachment

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ormer Secretary of State and two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has just gone one step further than simply agreeing that impeachment of Donald Trump is the right thing to do.

She has also labeled him an “illegitimate president” and intimates that Trump himself orchestrated the theft of the 2016 presidential election. “He knows” what happened, how it happened and why it happened, she said in an interview to be aired on CBS’ Sunday Morning program.

Clinton was also asked whether it bothers her that none of the current crop of Democratic candidates have come to her defense in their stump speeches and campaign rallies, while Trump and his followers still loudly chant “LOCK HER UP!”?

“No, it doesn’t kill me because he knows he’s an illegitimate president,” she answered. “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.”

Clinton is by no means alone in her questioning of the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency. Jimmy Carter said pretty much the same thing back in June.

Carter, however, added that not only did Trump actually lose the 2016 election, but that the Russians manipulated the voters and the votes in order to insure a Trump “victory.” When asked directly if he thought Trump had been illegitimately elected, he did not hesitate: “Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract,” he said.

And, of course, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation supports Carter’s view. Muller concluded that, yes indeed, the Russian government “interfered” or “meddled” in the 2016 election “in sweeping and systematic fashion” with the specific purpose of electing Trump and ensuring that Clinton never became president.

Clinton analogized her election loss in some familiar terms. It was, she said, like:

“…applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt human tornado. And so I know that he knows that this wasn’t on the level. I don’t know that we’ll ever know what happened.”

As stated, she also expressed support for impeachment of Trump. There are, she argued, “a number of grounds” for getting rid of this man, but that the latest news about his phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the rookie Ukrainian president, wherein Trump clearly attempted to extort or blackmail him into investigating Biden’s son, is “incredibly troubling,” allowed Clinton.

Clinton also said that the real object or target of Trump’s nefarious scheme, of course, was not Hunter Biden, but his father Joe Biden, whom Trump viewed as representing the most serious threat to his “re-election” hopes in 2020.

In that regard, Trump’s and his acolytes’ efforts to discredit and disparage Biden, said Clinton, follows the exact same template used to discredit and disparage her during the 2016 campaign:

“The most outrageously false things were said about me,” Clinton said. “And unfortunately, enough people believed them. So this is an effort to sow these falsehoods against Biden. And 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, I think that is very much what the founders worried about in high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Not surprisingly, Clinton also predicted that Trump will lose in 2020 because “there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again.”

Opinion & Analysis:

Hillary Clinton is right that Trump will lose next year (if he’s not impeached/convicted, or resigns first). But she is right for the wrong reason.

Yes, yes….Clinton is correct, of course, that efforts by Trump and the Republican Party are already in motion to steal the 2020 election using the selfsame tactics and strategies as used in 2016, to wit:

  • Voter suppression of black, brown, red, and yellow people, and of young people;
  • Voter intimidation of “targeted” (read: “minority”) senior citizen communities and individuals;
  • “Robo” phone calls;
  • Internet hacking and misleading and outright false Internet advertising;
  • “Cross-Checking” (striking similarly named voters in different districts — or even different states — from the voter rolls);
  • Moving or removing polling places without notice;
  • Restricting voting hours and days;
  • Limiting voting equipment (booths, desks, chairs, machines, etc.) so as to produce long lines; and
  • Severely Gerrymandered congressional districts which heavily favor Republicans.

These are just some of the new and improved 21st century methods, means and tactics Republicans and conservatives have adopted and adapted for use in keeping mainly black, brown, young and poor people away from the polls.

And these tactics worked like the proverbial charm in 2016. Despite Clinton’s three million vote victory in the national and overall “popular” election, Republicans (together with Mueller’s and Jimmy Carter’s Russians) were able to suppress (discount, hide, lose, destroy, change, or simply not count) just enough votes and intimidate (harass, misdirect, threaten, deceive) just enough voters in just the right (read: targeted) cities, counties and states to squeak out an Electoral College victory for Trump.

So, yes, Hillary is right about the election being stolen from her. Bbut it is not clear that even she understands and appreciates even now the depth and the breadth of the chicanery, fraud and dogged determination of these thieves. The mistake that she and far too many other Democrats consistently make is in affording these “conservatives” the “benefit of doubt” and treating them as though they are moral actors, when, in fact, there is literally nothing they are not capable of and willing to do if it means keeping themselves in power — and “the libruls” and “the left” out.

But this time around, “things” should be different, if for no other reason than we know what happened last time, how it happened, and why it happened.

The question is: What are we doing about it — right now?

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