Trump called Clinton ‘the worst (and biggest) loser of all time’ for saying that his election victory has ‘lots of questions about its legitimacy.’
‘She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party,’ Trump tweeted on Saturday.
‘Hillary, get on with your life and give another try in three years!’
Trump reacted Saturday to an interview Clinton gave to Mother Jones.
Clinton said that Trump’s election victory was tainted because of voter suppression and alleged interference by Russia.
The former secretary of state and Democratic nominee said in the interview Friday that the outcome of the election was impacted by a ‘very successful disinformation campaign’ mounted by the Russians.
American intelligence agencies are unanimous in their conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to undermine Clinton’s campaign and help Trump get elected.
Russia has denied interfering in the election, and Trump’s campaign rejects claims that it received help from Moscow.
The Russians used ‘weaponized false information’ that ‘wasn’t just influencing voters – it was determining the outcome,’ Clinton told Mother Jones.
Clinton also alleged that voter suppression in Wisconsin, a key swing state that Trump won by less than 23,000 votes, deterred African-Americans from going to the ballot box.
She said that voter ID laws created obstacles for Democratic-leaning citizens to register to vote.
Although Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million voters, the election was decided by Trump’s electoral college victory in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin by a total of 78,000 votes.
‘In a couple of places, most notably Wisconsin, I think it had a dramatic impact on the outcome,’ Clinton said of voter suppression.
A voter ID law passed in Wisconsin five years ago requires voters to present a driver’s license, state ID, passport, military ID, naturalization papers, or tribal ID to vote.
Civil liberties groups say the law is aimed at discriminating against poor minorities, while Republicans say it is necessary to combat voter fraud.
A study by the University of Wisconsin found that 45,000 people across the state were not allowed to vote because of the law.
Half of those voters came from Milwaukee and Madison, two cities that lean heavily toward the Democrats.
‘It seems likely that it cost me the election [in Wisconsin] because of the tens of thousands of people who were turned away and the margin being so small,’ Clinton said.
The former secretary of state also noted that the 2016 elections were the first to be held in 50 years without the protection of key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted a core part of the landmark legislation that required nine states, most of them in the South, to get federal approval for voting rule changes affecting blacks and other minorities.
The ruling upended legal protections for minority voters that were a key achievement of the US civil rights movement of the 1960s led by Martin Luther King Jr.
The Voting Rights Act as a whole was enacted to broadly prohibit poll taxes, literacy tests and other measures common in states with a history of slavery that prevented black people from voting.
‘So many places have really tried to make it as difficult as they possibly could for young people, for African Americans, the elderly, to vote,’ Clinton told Mother Jones.
Clinton conceded that the US political system does not have the mechanism to gauge the legitimacy of elections.
‘We don’t have a method for contesting that in our system,’ she said.
‘That’s why I’ve long advocated for an independent commission to get to the bottom of what happened.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ariel Zilber