Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton remarked to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday that behaviors such as questioning legitimate electoral results and deceiving the public are “hallmarks of authoritarian, dictatorial leaders.”
Clinton asserted that the recent attempts by Democratic prosecutors to incarcerate President Joe Biden’s primary competitor are evidence that the “system is functioning.”
A grand jury in Georgia, where Stacey Abrams contested the 2018 gubernatorial election results and was supported by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issued 10 criminal indictments against former President Donald Trump on August 14th.
According to Democratic District Attorney Fani Willis, “Trump and the other defendants charged in this indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.”
When pressed by her fellow Russiagate hoaxer on whether the United States has “an interest in him not going to prison so that we can still call ourselves a country where leading politicians don’t get locked up,” Clinton noted there were “multiple ways” to hold Trump accountable, but she appeared to be amused at the prospect of her former opponent’s imprisonment.
Clinton, who recently suggested Trump supporters were responsible for summer heat, made clear that it was not solely Trump who may have to face “accountability” to uphold American democracy.
Having associated “accountability” with criminal charges, the 75-year-old said she hopes to observe “accountability for a political party that has just thrown in with all of the lies and the divisiveness and the lack of any conscience about what was being done to the country,” referring to the GOP.
Rachel Maddow took Clinton’s call for action against the Republican Party as an opening to criticize Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and remark that the GOP appears to be ready to make use of law enforcement in a partisan manner.
Maddow proclaimed that such usage of law enforcement undermines democracy and disregards the rule of law. C
Clinton then suggested that the best way to fight against this ‘shadow of Trump’ is through observing legal protocols, which is being done with federal and state prosecutors.
In the interview, the liberal duo also broached the subject of the role of trust in a democracy, with Maddow noting, “Democracy needs the trust of the people. … If we no longer believe that our will is effectuated through the system, if bad actors tell us falsely that every election is stolen and that the only way an election is trustworthy if they come out on top of it … it maybe ruins us as a democracy.”
Clinton responded, “The deliberate effort to divide Americans, to lie to Americans about what was going on literally in front of their own eyes … those are all the hallmarks of authoritarian, dictatorial kinds of leaders. So this attack on the elections was the most important step in a long line of efforts undertaken to undermine our trust and our belief in a functioning democracy.”
Clinton appears to have an in-depth understanding of how to undermine trust in elections and divide Americans, including those she has labeled as “deplorables”.