Even as Democratic presidential hopefuls compete for the upcoming 2020 presidential election, the failed-Democratic 2016 presidential nominee isn’t letting go of the loss.
During George Washington University’s “In Defense of Democracy” event on Tuesday, Clinton told the audience about what she tells Democratic hopefuls the “biggest obstacle” might be: “You can run the best campaign, you can have the best plans, you can get the nomination, you can win the popular vote. And you can lose the Electoral College and therefore the election for these four reasons. Number one, voter suppression.”
She added by also suggesting that failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ (D-Ga.) loss in the 2018 midterms for the Georgia governor’s spot was due to voter suppression:
“We saw what happened in Georgia where Stacey Abrams should be governor of that state. Registered voters were kept off the rolls. Their registrations just piled up in some back office with no intention to ever enroll them so that they could actually vote.
We also saw what happened in 2016. Experts estimate that anywhere from 27,000 to 200,000 Wisconsin citizen voters, predominantly in Milwaukee, were turned away from the polls. That’s a lot of potential voters.”
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This isn’t the first time the two-time failed presidential candidate has insisted that voter suppression was the reason she lost in the 2016 election.
As IJR reported, she previously used the excuse for Trump defeating her in the Wisconsin polls — a state that typically leans Democrats. However, she was hit with “four Pinocchios” by The Washington Post for the claim being “wrong on multiple levels” and “seriously misleading.”
Clinton has also suggested that the 2016 election was “stolen” from her, as she previously offered up advice to those thinking to run in the Democratic primary for the 2018 presidential election, as IJR also reported.
“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” she said during an “Evening with the Clintons” event in May.
Trump didn’t let Clinton slide by with the comment, as she previously blasted her for it.
“Hillary Clinton is still going up, ‘Ahhh, I think they stole the election,’” he said during a Florida rally. “But no, she lost. She lost.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took a swing at Clinton for her remark, saying Clinton was “an overestimated, underwhelming candidate who had this unbelievable, fierce, intractable inability to connect with Americans.”
“She lost that election fairly and squarely, and when she says that election was stolen from her to hoots and hollers from the audience, she’s playing a dangerous game,” Conway said earlier this year during a “The Hugh Hewitt Show” interview. “Here she is two and half years later, literally will not accept the election results because she lost.”