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Hillary Clinton says ‘I can beat him,’ hints at 2020 presidential rematch with Trump

Hillary Clinton in a campaign event of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in 2014. (Marc Nozell/Flickr)
October 09, 2019

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to be hinting at another presidential run, indicating a possible rematch with her 2016 rival President Donald Trump.

Her latest comments alluding to another run came about Tuesday night, during an interview on PBS News Hour. She said “Maybe there does need to be a rematch. I mean, obviously I can beat him again.”

While Clinton did secure a popular vote win in 2016, Trump won in enough states to secure an electoral vote victory over her.

News Hour host Judy Woodruff began the segment by mentioning a recent twitter exchange between the one-time presidential rivals, wherein Trump taunted Clinton to run again on the condition that she explain why she deleted 33,000 emails that were under congressional subpoena.

“Don’t tempt me,” Clinton replied. “Do your job.”

“It truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me,” Clinton said when asked about Trump’s email remarks. “But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my e-mails. We all know that. So he’s either lying or delusional or both.”

“I don’t think anybody understands what motivates him other than personal grievance, other than seeking adulation. I said during the campaign, there was no other Donald Trump,” Clinton went on. “What you saw was what you were going to get, and I think a lot of Americans understandably thought, ‘oh, no, that can’t possibly be the case. Once he’s in office, he will certainly moderate his behavior.’ Well, we see, no, he hasn’t.”

Clinton has said several times throughout the 2020 election buildup that she is not going to pursue a third presidential run in 2020. However her efforts to promote a new book she co-authored with her daughter Chelsea Clinton “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience” has pitted the older Clinton in front of a number of public audiences and media interviews and fueled speculation of another run.

She has also raised criticism of Trump’s performance as President, repeatedly calling him a “corrupt human tornado” and recently coming out in support for Trump’s impeachment over Trump’s July phone conversation with the Ukrainian President.

“The president of the United States has betrayed our country,” Clinton tweeted. “That’s not a political statement – it’s a harsh reality, and we must act.”

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has indeed opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, over claims Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over allegations Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor investigating a company where his son Hunter Biden sat on the board of directors.

The Trump White House did release a transcript of the controversial July phone call, showing the two presidents discussed claims that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections and Trump did call on his Ukrainian counterpart “look into” Joe and Hunter and the prosecution of Hunter’s company in Ukraine.