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Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is jumping back into the political fray.
During an interview, Clinton declared that she will never leave politics because she feels that “democracy is at stake.”
“I will never be out of the game of politics,” Clinton said.
“I’m not going to be running for anything but I really feel like our democracy’s at stake for many reasons … some of them we saw on the screen with the insurrection, some of them are about Facebook that creates a world of disinformation instead of one we can agree on what the facts are. I really am worried,” she added.
“I do worry that we face a lot of really serious problems that don’t get the attention they deserve,” Clinton said.
Clinton’s been inching her way back into the political spotlight.
In an interview last week with The Atlantic, Clinton argued that she is concerned that the Republican Party is engaged in minority rule and that we are on the brink of a “constitutional crisis.”
“I won the popular vote, lost the Electoral College by 70,000-plus votes, and we saw all this stuff online about the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks and the Russians and all of that,” she said, again lamenting her defeat to Donald Trump in 2016.
“And then Joe Biden won by a huge popular-vote margin, but only won the Electoral College by about 100,000 votes. So the parallels between what happened in 2016 and 2020 are not often understood. And why that’s important is, the Republicans—and now we have to say the Republican Party, not just the Trumpers and all of those who are part of this effort to undermine our democracy, but the Republican Party—were shocked that they lost, because they never thought that they would lose by such narrow margins and, we know, accurately and legitimately in places like Georgia or Arizona. So what are they going to do now?” she said.
“Now they’re not only going to try to suppress votes on steroids; they’re going to try to change the way elections are determined. They’re going to try to give legislatures the power to basically throw out elections if they don’t go their way because now they want to be able to win, even if they lose the popular vote and they legitimately lose the Electoral College,” she argued.
Republicans have argued that the changes they have made to voting laws in some states is an effort to simply secure the vote.
Clinton also called for ending the filibuster, something Democrats were against when Trump had suggested it when he was in the White House.
“Because keeping the filibuster now, when you’re dealing with a political party that does not respect the rule of law, does not even respect the process unless it works for them—witness what they did to Merrick Garland when President Obama had every right to appoint a Supreme Court justice. You see what they are trying to engineer by using the filibuster, but also equally important, what they’re doing in the states right now,” she said.
“But the new part [is] having your vote counted because they want to replace independent people like we saw with the Republican secretary of state in Georgia who stood up to tremendous pressure—now they want to throw elections, if they can, either to state legislatures or if necessary to the House of Representatives, where the vote is counted by state,” she said.
“We are in the middle of a constitutional crisis. It’s like the frog dropped into the water. It’s boiling. People are still arguing about stuff that is important, but not as fundamental as whether or not our democracy will be broken and then taken over. And minority rule will be what we live under, the norm,” she warned.