Hillary Clinton, who ran for president but didn’t win, told Rachel Maddow of MSNBC this week that putting doubt on legal election results and trying to trick the public are “hallmarks of authoritarian, dictatorial leaders.”
Clinton also said that the latest attempt by Democratic lawyers to put President Biden’s biggest rival in jail shows that the “system is actually working.”
A grand jury in Georgia decided on August 14 to bring 10 criminal charges against former President Trump. This is the same state where twice-losing Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams had refused to accept the results of the 2018 election and disputed the results with the help of Hillary Clinton.
Democratic DA Fani Willis said, “Trump along with the other people charged in the current indictment were unwilling to acknowledge that Trump lost, while they knowingly and willingly joined a plot to illegally change the final result of the election to help Trump.”
When a fellow RussiaGate hoaxer asked her if the US has “an interest in him not being sent to prison to guarantee that we are still able to call ourselves a nation where top politicians are not locked up,” Clinton said there were “multiple ways” for us to hold Trump accountable, but she laughed at the idea of her former opponent going to jail.
Clinton, who recently said that Trump fans were to blame for hot summers, made it obvious that it may not just be Trump who needs to have been held “accountable” to protect American democracy.
After comparing “accountability” to criminal charges, the 75-year-old woman said she wants to see “accountability for the political party that has just thrown its weight in with all of its lies and division and lack of any kind of conscience regarding what was happening to the country,” referring to the Republican Party.
Clinton’s call for action opposing the Republican Party gave Maddow a chance to attack Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and say that “the Republican Party is truly embracing and prepared to run with the concept of law enforcement getting used as a tool for partisan politics,” whatever that entails.
After saying that using law enforcement aimed at the opposing political party “undermines democracy as well as the rule of law,” Clinton said, “Through the rule of law, as we have seen from these attorneys at the federal and now at the state level,” as a way to fight and beat the “shadow of Trump.”
During the chat, the two liberals also talked about the importance of trust in a democracy. Maddow said, “Democracy requires the trust of the people. If we stop believing that the system carries out what we want, and if bad people tell us wrongly that every election is rigged and that the only manner in which an election can be trusted is if they win, it could ruin us as a democracy.”
Clinton replied, “An authoritarian, dictatorial leader would try on purpose to split Americans and tell them lies about what was happening right in front of their eyes. So, this attack on the polls was the most significant step in a long line of attempts to make us doubt and lose trust in a democracy that works.”