- The Washington Times - Monday, October 26, 2020

Hillary Clinton said Monday it makes her physically ill to think about President Trump possibly winning reelection next week.

“I can’t entertain the idea of him winning, so let’s just preface it by that,” the former secretary of state and twice-failed presidential candidate told The New York Times podcast “Sway.”

“It would cause cognitive dissonance of a grave degree,” she added.

Asked by host Kara Swisher to elaborate, Mrs. Clinton said, “Well, because it makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we’d have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions, and damaging of our norms and our values, and lessening of our leadership, and the list goes on.

“But there’s no doubt that he would do everything he could to attack and punish anyone who was, in his view, an adversary,” she said. “And he would be aided and abetted, sadly, by both elected and appointed officials.

“So of course, one of the most important accomplishments that I hope we see in this election is a Democratic Senate, where that would be the check that we would need against further abuse of power,” she continued. “I don’t think he has any boundaries at all, Kara. I don’t think he has any conscience. He’s obviously not a moral, truthful man. So he will do whatever he can to lift himself up. And remember, as I said, he lives with this specter of illegitimacy. He knows more about how he got really elected than we still do. Hopefully, we’ll learn more in the years ahead.”

Earlier in the interview, Ms. Swisher expressed incredulity when Mrs. Clinton said she would never want to interview Mr. Trump.

“He’s like your arch enemy. You wouldn’t want to do that?” Ms. Swisher asked.

“I like to talk to people that I’m interested in and admire, and I don’t find him interesting or admirable,” Mrs. Clinton said.

Before the interview concluded, Mrs. Clinton declared she lives “rent-free” in Mr. Trump’s head.

“He does not live rent-free in my head, because I have very little regard for him,” she said. “And I believe that he has been a disastrous president and has caused a lot of harm to what I care about in our country and around the world. So I don’t really think about him much, other than to do what I can to defeat him, because that, I think, is an existential crisis that we face. He’s a very hollow man. He has very little of interest to me. So I’m not thinking about him other than to try to retire him as quickly as we can.”

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