Hillary Clinton: Trump cannot win election – but Biden will

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Hillary Clinton has told Sky News that Donald Trump will not win the next election – and Joe Biden will be re-elected whoever the Republican candidate is.

The former Democratic presidential candidate and secretary of state said “more people are onto him [Trump] and his behaviour than they were before”.

Mrs Clinton has been subjected to multiple claims by Mr Trump, including accusations of spying on him and rigging the 2016 presidential election in her favour – despite him beating her.

But Mrs Clinton said her former rival will see his comeuppance as he tries to run again for president.

Speaking to the Beth Rigby Interviews programme while in Northern Ireland, she said: “I always thought about him, if you follow him you can see it – he accuses people of things he himself is doing, it’s a form of psychological projection.

“I always thought his record in business in particular, but then as we saw him in politics and government, he was someone who cared nothing about rules. He cared nothing about the law.”

Mrs Clinton added that despite Mr Trump being indicted and becoming the first former president to face criminal charges, there is nothing in the US legal system that would prevent him from running for president again.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears in court for an arraignment on charges stemming from his indictment by a Manhattan grand jury following a probe into hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, in New York City, U.S., April 4, 2023. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Pool
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Donald Trump in court this month

“But even if he gets the Republican nomination, he cannot, in my view, be re-elected president,” she said.

“I think more people are on to him and his behaviour than they were before.

“He has a hard core of support that is likely to help him win the Republican nomination.

“But in a general election against President Biden, I do not believe he can win.”

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in a pub in Dundalk, Ireland, April 12, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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President Biden in Ireland

‘Biden will be re-elected’

She also said Florida governor Ron De Santis, who is expected to run for president as a Republican candidate, will be unsuccessful as he is “unproven”.

“Nobody really outside of Florida knows very much about him, and in Florida, they’re watching him do crazy things,” Mrs Clinton added.

“So I actually believe that President Biden will be re-elected regardless of who the Republican nominee is.”

She dismissed suggestions Mr Biden, who is 80 years old, would be too old to be president.

“I feel like I could do the job. I’m in my mid-70s,” she added.

“I think it really should be a matter of what he has done as president.”

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Abortion rights activists demonstrate outside the US Supreme Court

‘A matter of time before anti-abortion laws overturned’

Mrs Clinton also addressed the issue of abortion in the US, where 13 states have banned terminations following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade last June.

This week, Mr DeSantis banned abortions in Florida after six weeks and Mrs Clinton said she thinks Republican politicians will continue to do so – to the detriment of women and the party’s own success.

She said efforts to try to limit abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s life is at risk, is “not only a terrible policy that should be rejected on its merits” but is also a “bad political decision”.

The former secretary of state said when people are given the chance to vote against anti-abortion laws they will.

“So I am quite unbothered by the political consequences, but extremely bothered by the real-life consequences of the fact that women will die because they are not being given appropriate reproductive health care,” she added.

“We know that the people of Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, overturned their long-time ban on abortion because of the consequences.

“So it’s only a matter of time when that will also happen in the United States.”

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