Former First Lady Hillary Clinton is urging Joe Biden not to concede the election ‘under any circumstances,’ predicting the vote could will drag out beyond Election Day.
Clinton made the comment in an interview conducted by her own former communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, for HBO’s ‘The Circus.’
Clinton, who referenced her own 2016 race where she won nearly 3 million votes more than Donald Trump but lost the election in the Electoral College, said Trump may hold a ‘narrow advantage’ in the Electoral College on Election Day itself.
But she was unequivocal in her guidance to her successor Democratic Party nominee.
‘Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because 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,’ she said on the program.
Clinton, speaking from her home in Chappaqua from which she addressed Biden’s convention, gesticulated with her hands for emphasis as she urged Biden to hold firm – and Palmieri threw her arms up in agreement.
She as responding to a question from Palmieri about what she thought Trump would do if Biden wins, a term Palmieri put inside air quotes.
Clinton pointed to elections in Wisconsin, where she accused Republicans of ‘messing up absentee balloting,’ adding: ‘They believe that helps them so that they then get maybe a narrow advantage in the Electoral College on Election Day,’ she said.
‘They did everything they could to mess up voting. Democrats actually won some important races there,’ Clinton said.
Biden himself has said Trump may try to ‘steal’ the election.
Both parties are assembling brigades of lawyers to prepare for possible state-by-state court fights over election issues.
‘We’ve got to have a massive legal operation. I know the Biden campaign is working on that,’ Clinton said. ‘We have to have our own teams of people to counter the force of intimidation that Republicans and Trump are going to put outside polling places.’
Clinton pointed to the way she lost in 2016, after Trump pried away battlegrounds in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania that could have tipped the race the other way.
‘You can win 3 million more votes and still not get elected because of the Electoral College. It all comes down to the Electoral College,’ she said, having been needled by Trump for years for not paying sufficient attention to Michigan and Wisconsin.
Trump during his Monday speech to the Republican convention slammed Biden for not going to Wisconsin last week, a state that was the original home to the Democratic convention that became mostly virtual due to the coronavirus.
Trump also tried to reverse the Democrats’ warnings about stealing the election. He accused them of ‘using COVID to steal an election,’ as he continued to rail against mail-in voting as rife with fraud.
Clinton warned in her convention speech last week that Trump might try to steal the election.
‘And don’t forget Joe and Kamala [Harris] can win by 3 million votes and still lose – take it from me,’ she said with a chuckle.
‘So we need numbers overwhelming, so Trump can’t sneak or steal his way to victory,’ Clinton warned.