Clinton believes that GOP efforts to keep voters from
the polls and a “weaponized” disinformation campaign by the
Russians “likely” cost her Wisconsin in last year’s election,
the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee told Mother
She also challenged the validity of President Donald Trump’s win in some
of her harshest comments to date about the election.
“There are lots of questions about its legitimacy,” she told
reporter Ari Berman in the interview published Friday,
referring to Trump’s victory.
Trump on Saturday blasted Clinton on Twitter, calling her the
“biggest loser of all.” It wasn’t immediately clear why the
president lashed out, but his comments appeared the day after
Clinton’s Mother Jones interview was published.
Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of
all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the
Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give
it another try in three years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
November 18, 2017
Clinton said interference from Russia “was one of the major
contributors to the outcome” of the election. The Russians
“weaponized false information” that “wasn’t just influencing
voters — it was determining the outcome,” she said.
But she said Republican efforts to whittle down the number of
voters, such as increasingly tougher identification laws, may
have had an even bigger impact.
“In a couple of places, most notably Wisconsin, I think it had
a dramatic impact on the outcome,” the former secretary of
state said. Clinton lost the state by only 23,000 votes at
a time when a new voter ID law may have blocked about
that many people from the polls, a study found.
“It seems likely that it
cost me the election [in Wisconsin] because of the tens of
thousands of people who were turned away and the margin being
so small,” Clinton said.
“But I also think Wisconsin was the target for a lot of
weaponized false information,” she added, which she said may
have convinced people to stay home or switch their votes.
Clinton said in September that she wouldn’t “rule out” questioning the
legitimacy of Trump’s win, depending on what investigations
find concerning Russian interference in the election. She
appeared to go even further with that sentiment in the Mother
Jones interview. But Clinton has also said there are no clear
paths to change election results, regardless of the
During his trip to Asia this month, after a meeting with
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said
he believes Putin’s claim that the Kremlin did not attempt to
interfere in the 2016 election — despite the conclusions of
U.S. intelligence leaders, whom the president dismissed as
Trump later walked back his own
remarks, saying: “As to whether I believe it [Putin’s
denial] or not, I’m with our agencies, especially as currently
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