03:02 GMT +316 October 2019
Listen Live
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, during The Atlantic Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Washington

    Hillary Clinton Says She Lost 2016 After Republicans ‘Gutted Voting Rights Act’

    © AP Photo / Alex Brandon
    US
    Get short URL
    14012
    Subscribe

    Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed that a Supreme Court decision might have cost her the win over Donald Trump.

    Participating in an annual commemoration of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches organized by a voting rights activist group which included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rep. John Lewis, AOI reported, Clinton noted that she was “the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act” and it made a “really big difference.” She also discussed the history of the Voting Rights Act, which was passed in 1965 and was reauthorized by Congress in 2006 while she was in the Senate.

    “It was based on thousands and thousands of pages of testimony as to why we… needed the Voting Rights Act. I thought it was a done deal, passed out of the Congress, signed by a Republican president, and then it found its way to the Supreme Court,” Clinton recalled.

    She claimed that Republicans who wanted to “pull back rights” were behind the legal challenge that brought the 2013 Supreme Court decision that struck down aspects of the law.

    READ MORE: 2020 Democrat Candidates Seeking Private Advice From Hillary Clinton — Reports

    “They found a receptive Supreme Court who came up with the most absurd decision,” said Clinton, adding, “They gutted the Voting Rights Act.”

    The former secretary of state, who won the popular vote in 2016 but lost the electoral college, specifically pointed to Wisconsin, one of three states where President Donald Trump won by a tight margin.

    “It doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia. It made a difference in Wisconsin where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 thousand people were turned away from the polls because of the colour of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting,” Clinton said.

    Clinton concluded by turning to 2020 and arguing Democrats need to make it their “mission” to fight for voting rights.

    “So, we’re looking towards a new presidential election — thank goodness —  but it’s not going to make a difference if we don’t bring the lawsuits and win them… if we don’t register everybody,” said Clinton, noting that between 2012 — the prior presidential election still covered by Voting Rights Act and 2016 — there were “fewer voters registered in Georgia than there had been those prior four years.”

    Related:

    2020 Democrat Candidates Seeking Private Advice From Hillary Clinton - Reports
    US DOJ Told FBI to Ignore ‘Gross Negligence’ in Clinton Investigation - Report
    Former Bernie Sanders Aide Slams Hillary Clinton Camp as 'A**holes', 'Ingrates'
    'Better Said Legal': Netizens Reword H. Clinton’s Praise of 'Immigrants & Women'
    Plot Thickens: Analyst on Clinton, Alleged FBI Quid Pro Quo and Trump 'Ouster'
    Hillary Clinton Evokes 'Blackface' Comments Over 2019 Virginia Election Tweet
    Haley, Chelsea Clinton Fume at Rep. Ilhan Omar's Remarks on Israeli Lobby in US
    Hillary Clinton Mocked Online for Claiming There's No Emergency at US Border
    Tags:
    Election2016, loss, Voting Rights Act, bid, 2016 Election, Hillary Clinton, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik