November 17, 2017

Hillary Clinton Questioned The Legitimacy Of The Election (A Notion She Once Called A “Direct Threat To Our Democracy”)

What (Really) Happened, Day #8

Hillary Clinton’s refusal to accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election is exactly why voters could never trust a thing she said.

In October 2016, about two weeks before Election Day, Hillary Clinton stood on stage in Ohio and told the audience that Donald Trump was fundamentally “threatening our democracy” by refusing to say that he would respect the results of the election.


HILLARY CLINTON: “On Wednesday night, Donald Trump did something no other presidential nominee has ever done. He refused to say he would respect the results of this election.

“Now, make no mistake: By doing that, he is threatening our democracy. . . . But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship.”


She followed up with a tweet a few days later:

One year later, in an interview with NPR after losing that race, Hillary Clinton dramatically changed her tune and said that, actually, she wouldn’t rule out questioning the legitimacy of the election results.


TERRY GROSS: “I want to get back to the question, would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?”

HILLARY CLINTON: “No. I would not. I would say —”

GROSS: “You’re not going to rule it out?”

CLINTON: “No, I wouldn’t rule it out.”