“I’m now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.”
Democrats and Hillary Clinton made much of the former presidential candidate’s popular vote victory in the 2016 election, but it turns out a plurality of American voters would rather have President Donald Trump in office after all.
According to a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday, 42% of likely U.S. voters believe the country would be better off if Clinton were president. But 48% of voters disagree, believing the country is better off with Trump as president. Rounding out the poll, 11% of respondents were undecided.
Since Trump upset the former Secretary of State in the 2016 election, Clinton has consistently touted her popular vote victory as reflective of the true feelings of the majority of Americans.
Clinton suggested Saturday, while speaking with husband Bill as part of the “Evening with the Clintons” tour, that the 2016 election had been “stolen” from her.
“I think it’s also critical to understand that, as I’ve been telling candidates who have come to see me, you can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” she told a Los Angeles crowd.
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“Remember, I did win by more than 3 million votes than my opponent. So, it’s like … really?” Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour during an interview last year. “I’m now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.”
Still fuming over the 2016 election results, Democrats have begun pushing for a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College. The effort has been led by 2020 Democratic hopefuls, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Warren has been particularly vocal about making the change, telling the audience at a recent town hall event that abolishing the Electoral College would give everyone an equal say in presidential elections.
“We need to make sure that every vote counts,” Warren told the crowd. “The way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College and everybody — I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote.”
With the 2020 election fast approaching, many Democrats have been more concerned about relitigating their 2016 defeat. While Clinton has been on a national tour blaming everything from Russian collusion to former FBI Director James Comey for the loss, others in her party are still leading efforts to defeat Trump with impeachment rather than at the ballot box.
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- Hillary Clinton popular vote poll: WikiMedia Commons