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Hillary Clinton tells Rachel Maddow that efforts to put Trump in jail show democracy is 'working,' condemns election denial

  Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Monday that attempts to cast doubt on legitimate electoral re...

 Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Monday that attempts to cast doubt on legitimate electoral results and to deceive the populace are "hallmarks of authoritarian, dictatorial leaders."

Clinton further claimed that the latest effort by Democratic prosecutors to throw President Joe Biden's top rival in jail are a sign that the "system is working." 

A grand jury in Georgia — the state where twice-failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams refused to concede the 2018 election and denied the results in league with Clinton — voted on Aug. 14 to issue 10 criminal indictments against former President Donald Trump.

According to Democratic District Attorney Fani Willis, "Trump and the other defendants charged in this indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump."

When pressed by her fellow Russiagate hoaxer on whether the United States has "an interest in him not going to prison so that we can still call ourselves a country where leading politicians don't get locked up," Clinton noted there were "multiple ways" to hold Trump accountable, but giggled at the prospect of her former opponent's imprisonment. 

Clinton, who recently suggested Trump supporters were responsible for summer heat, made clear that it's not simply Trump who might have to be held "accountable" to preserve American democracy.

Having equated "accountability" to criminal charges, the 75-year-old said she hopes to see "accountability for a political party that has just thrown in with all of the lies and the divisiveness and the lack of any conscience about what was being done to the country," referring to the GOP.

Maddow seized upon Clinton's call for action against the Republican Party as an opportunity not only to attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but to suggest that "the idea of law enforcement being used as a tool of partisan politics is something that, with whatever justification, the Republican Party is really embracing and ready to run with."

After characterizing the use of law enforcement against an opposing political party as an "undermining of democracy, undermining the rule of law," Clinton unironically proposed that the way to contest and defeat the "shadow of Trump" is "through the rule of law, as we're seeing with these prosecutors at the federal and now the state level."

In the interview, the liberal duo also broached the subject of the role of trust in a democracy, with Maddow noting, "Democracy needs the trust of the people. ... If we no longer believe that our will is effectuated through the system, if bad actors tell us falsely that every election is stolen and that the only way an election is trustworthy if they come out on top of it ... it maybe ruins us as a democracy."

Clinton responded, "The deliberate effort to divide Americans, to lie to Americans about what was going on literally in front of their own eyes ... those are all the hallmarks of authoritarian, dictatorial kinds of leaders. So this attack on the elections was the most important step in a long line of efforts undertaken to undermine our trust and our belief in a functioning democracy."

Clinton appears to be a subject-matter expert regarding undermining trust in elections and dividing Americans, including those she has called "deplorables."

Last October, she claimed "right-wing extremists already have a plan to literally steal the next presidential election. And they're not making a secret of it."

In June 2022, Clinton said, "Donald Trump, his allies, and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy," tweeting, "The people involved in the criminal conspiracy to overturn the will of America's voters ... must be held accountable."

Despite speaking fondly of democracy and supporting the effort to hold Trump "accountable" for casting doubt on the results of the 2020 election, Clinton was among the loudest voices calling the 45th president an "illegitimate president," suggesting further that "he knows" he stole the 2016 election.

In 2020, Clinton said on the Atlantic's "The Ticket" podcast, "There was a widespread understanding that this election [in 2016] was not on the level. ... We still don't know what really happened."

"But you don’t win by 3 million votes and have all this other shenanigans and stuff going on and not come away with an idea like, 'Whoa, something’s not right here.' That was a deep sense of unease," she added.

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, she said, "Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances."

While she characterized the indictments out of Georgia as the system working, in the state, she previously claimed that Stacey Abrams would have beaten Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018 "if she'd had a fair election."

In 2002, Clinton publicly claimed former President George W. Bush had been "selected" president, not elected.

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