Former President Bill Clinton has spoken out against the 2016 election results, calling them a “bitter and bitter truth.”
“It was a bitter and bitter outcome,” the former president told the American Enterprise Institute in a recent interview.
“It’s the truth, folks.
It’s the one true thing.”
Bill Clinton said his “brief and very painful” experience during the 2016 campaign was not unlike his experience with the 2016 presidential race.
“I think you’ll agree with me, that it was a very bitter and painful outcome,” he said.
“You know, it was really hard for me, because I was in a very difficult position in terms of my marriage, my life, and my family.
It was very difficult, and I think for many of us, it’s just a bitter truth.
I mean, it wasn’t just Hillary.
It wasn’t even Joe Biden.
It really was the worst campaign that anybody had ever seen.”
Former President Hillary Clinton speaks during a forum on reforming the Electoral College at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on August 28, 2018.
Trump, however, told ABC News he was “absolutely” confident in his victory, even though the electoral college results did not show him winning the popular vote.
“There is no way, there is no reason to doubt the election results,” he told ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
“The electoral college will have no impact whatsoever.
I have a lot of confidence in it, and you can bet there will be a lot more excitement around it.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview on Sunday that she would continue to campaign for the election, despite the results.
“If you have a guy who is trying to intimidate, if you have someone who is in the process of trying to steal the election away from the American people, I think you have got to speak out against that,” Rice said.
Former President Jimmy Carter said that the results of the election “would be more than enough to send a clear message to the Republican Party that they can’t do this.”
“I have a message for Republicans,” Carter said.
He also criticized President Trump for his tweets about the results, saying he has “got to be careful” in how he speaks out.
“We need to be a little bit more careful, and if you’re not, then you’re really doing your job,” Carter told ABC.
Former Vice President Al Gore said on Sunday he would be “cautiously optimistic” about the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections, even if Trump was elected.
“In the aftermath of the Trump election, it may not be the case that the House and Senate and the White House would be able to govern at all,” Gore said in a statement.
“But if it happens to be the last election that we face, then that would be good news.”
Former Vice-President Al Gore speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in this October 2, 2018 file photo.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would work to ensure that a woman is elected to Congress in 2020.
“What I would hope that would happen is that we would have a woman in the United States House of Representatives who represents the people,” Pelosi said in the interview.
Trump has said the election was rigged, and his supporters have called on the Justice Department to investigate the election.
On Friday, the president accused the Democratic nominee of being part of the Russian government and said that “we are going to have a special prosecutor” investigating the election as a “hoax.”
“This election was hacked by the Russians, and the Russians did not like what they saw,” Trump said on Twitter.
“They stole the election from Hillary Clinton.”
In his interview with ABC, Carter also discussed the importance of education.
“Education is absolutely essential,” he noted.
“So I’m not saying we’re going to do everything by the book, but we have to be very smart about education.
And I would encourage people to read and be very engaged in education.”