Hillary Clinton Questions the Legitimacy of Trump's Election

November 17, 2017

Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton questioned the legitimacy of the 2016 election in a new interview with Mother Jones.

"I think that there are lots of questions about its legitimacy," Clinton said. "And we don't have a method for contesting that in our system."

Clinton listed Russian interference and voter suppression as reasons why she is questioning the legitimacy of President Donald Trump's victory and calling for an independent commission to investigate the matter.

"That's why I've long advocated for an independent commission to get to the bottom of what happened," she said.

During the 2016 presidential debates, Clinton often derided then-candidate Trump for his comments about the election being rigged and possibly not accepting the results. In the first debate, Clinton said that she supported democracy and would accept the results of the election.

"I support our democracy. And sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But I certainly will support the outcome of this election," Clinton said.

Clinton even argued that Trump refusing to say he would accept the results of the election was a threat to American democracy.

In September, Clinton said she would not rule out challenging the legitimacy of the election in an interview with NPR.

"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?" NPR's Terry Gross asked Clinton.

"No. I would not. I would say—" Clinton began.

"You're not going to rule it out," Gross interjected.

"No, I wouldn't rule that out," Clinton said.