Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has mostly been out of the public eye since she lost to President Donald Trump in 2016, but she returned to the news cycle last week with a string of appearances on the talk and late-night show circuit.
Speaking to a crowd on Monday, Clinton said, “Trump knows he’s an illegitimate president.”
The former presidential candidate was speaking about Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine, in which he asked the leader to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Clinton likened Trump’s request of the Ukrainians to his request during the 2016 election season — the time that he famously spouted “Russia if you’re listening” and asked the Russians to dig up Clinton’s emails.
Clinton said, “In the 2016 election, Trump basically said ‘Russia if you’re listening, you will be richly rewarded if you can find Hillary Clinton’s emails.’ And it was all out in the open and, of course, we know the Russians hacked the DNC, hacked my campaign. So now, it’s also in the open.”
Here’s a clip of her remarks:
Hillary Clinton: "Trump knows he's an illegitimate president." pic.twitter.com/Md8cDbpqEl
— The Hill (@thehill) October 7, 2019
Clinton’s recent public showings have largely focused around criticism of Trump. During one recent appearance on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Clinton said that losing to Trump was like “losing to a corrupt human tornado.”
The smear tactics that Trump is trying to use on Joe Biden — accusing the former vice president of corruption based on a string of flimsy conspiracy theories — are almost identical to the playbook that he used with Hillary Clinton.
The president has seemed entirely focused over the past few weeks on declaring that he is simply trying to root out corruption. He insists that the phone call in which he asked the Ukrainian president for dirt on Biden was perfectly routine and that Democrats investigating his calls and dealings are only head-hungry politicians.