During a recent CBS interview to promote her new Apple TV+ series, former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got into some old, familiar topics —including her infamous emails and the possibility of running for the White House.
“Would you ever run for president again?” CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell asked.
“No, no,” Clinton responded. “But I’m gonna do everything I can to make sure that we have a president who respects our democracy and the rule of law and upholds our institutions.”
“What if Donald Trump runs again?” O’Donnell followed.
“He should be soundly defeated,” Clinton said. “It should start in the Republican Party – grow a backbone! Stand up to this guy! And heaven forbid if he gets the nomination, he needs to be defeated roundly and sent back to Mar-a-Lago.”
Clinton also accused former President Donald Trump of leading a “seditious conspiracy” against the U.S. government in the events leading up to the Jan. 6 riot.
“You know, I was the secretary of state. I spent, you know, many days on airplanes, flying from place to place, encouraging people to have a real democracy. And one of the hallmarks of a real democracy is the peaceful transfer of power,” Clinton told O’Donnell. “Was I happy when I beat Donald Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the Electoral College? No, I was not happy. Did I ever for a nanosecond think, ‘I’m gonna claim victory and try to get the Democrats to refuse to certify the election?’ No.”
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This marks a different tone than the one she held throughout the Trump era, repeatedly referring to her former rival as an “illegitimate president” over Russia’s meddling during the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton remains defiant over her handling of government emails, which has been facing renewed scrutiny following the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago.
“I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but my emails…” Clinton tweeted on Tuesday. “As Trump’s problems continue to mount, the right is trying to make this about me again. There’s even a ‘Clinton Standard.’ The fact is that I had zero emails that were classified.”
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