Former President Barack Obama had a secret plan in place for what his administration would do if then-candidate Donald Trump lost the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton and refused to accept the results.
Trump warned on the campaign trail that the election could be “rigged,” a notion that Obama scoffed at, saying, there’s “no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections.”
“It wasn’t a hypothetical,” former Obama senior aide Ben Rhodes said. “Trump was already saying it on the campaign trail.”
“The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, called for congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and forestall a political crisis by validating the election result,” the Intelligencer reported. “In the event that Trump tried to dispute a Clinton victory, they would affirm the result as well as the conclusions reached by the U.S. intelligence community that Russian interference in the election sought to favor Trump, and not Clinton.”
Psaki said that the Obama administration worried that Trump supporters would riot if Trump lost and now claims that Trump is trying to delegitimize any attempt at impeachment to give “fodder for his supporters to work with in the event that things go down a dark path for him.”
In the two years since the 2016 presidential election, the loser, Hillary Clinton, has yet to accept the fact that she lost and has repeatedly blamed everything imaginable for the outcome.
Clinton encouraged discord and fighting this week during an interview with CNN where she said that Democrats “cannot be civil” towards Republicans.