Hillary Clinton Says Joe Biden Should Not Concede a Close Election to Donald Trump

Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has urged Joe Biden, the party’s pick to take on President Donald Trump in November, not to concede under any circumstances if he and Trump are jammed in a close or contested election.

“It’s gonna be a close election. As I said in my speech, you can win three million more votes and not get elected because of the electoral college. It all comes down to the Electoral College,” Clinton said.

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“Look, I think that ther’s a number of scenarios that they’re looking toward. One is absentee balloting. They believe that helps them, so that they can maybe get a narow advantage in the Electoral College on Election Day,” Clinton said Monday to Jennifer Palmieri on Showtime’s The Circus. “We’ve seen a couple of cases like in Wisconsin where they did everything they could to mess up voting. But because the courts had ordered absentee ballots to be counted if they were postmarked on Election Day, Democrats actually won some important races there.”

Clinton said that in Michigan, for example, “Republicans had forty lawyers challenging absentee mail-in voting, and a local reporter talking to a lawyer he knew was told it was a ‘dry run’ for November. So we have to have a massive legal operation – I know the Biden campaign is working on that.”

Republicans “have a couple of scenarios that they are looking toward. One is messing up absentee balloting. They believe that helps them so that they then get maybe a narrow advantage in the Electoral College on Election Day,” said Clinton, who was defeated in the Electoral College by Trump in 2016. “So we’ve got to have a massive legal operation, and I know the Biden campaign is working on that.”

Clinton urged voters to get involved by working as poll workers. “We have to have our own teams of people to counter the force of intimidation that the Republicans and Trump are going to put outside polling places,” Clinton insisted. “This is a big organizational challenge but at least we know more about what they’re going to do.”

Biden “should not concede under any circumstances” because the election is “going to drag out, particularly due to Trump and his cronies working to sabotage mail-in voting. “I think this is going to drag out, and eventually, I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is,” Clinton said.

Clinton implored Biden to either win big or not go down without the fight of a lifetime.


Trump has escalated his attacks on mail-in voting in recent weeks. He maintains that voting by mail is wrought with fraud (it is not) and that the only way he could possilbly lose is if the election is rigged.

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