Clinton Says She May Challenge Trump's Election Win

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If she sees a clear path forward, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may put up a legal fight against President Donald Trump's 2016 electoral win, she said.

In a wide-ranging September interview with Terry Gross of NPR's "Fresh Air," Clinton discussed her new memoir, "What Happened," which tells her experience as the first woman ever nominated by a major party to run for president and her thoughts and plans for the future of the nation with Trump at the wheel.

"I am fundamentally optimistic about our country, but I am not naive, and I don't think we can change things unless we take it seriously," Clinton told NPR, adding that she absolutely does not plan on running for office again.

When asked if she would "completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now," Clinton responded, "No, I wouldn't rule it out," but conceded that she doesn't believe she has adequate "means" to contest the election.

The former secretary of state compared possibly overturning the 2016 U.S. vote to Kenya's government, which for the first time in history nullified a presidential election after President Uhuru Kenyatta won reelection with 54 percent of the vote, notes The Associated Press. Rival candidate Raila Odinga's team argued to the Supreme Court that he lost the vote because of problems with the vote tallying system, which could have affected five million ballots.

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"What happened in Kenya, which I'm only beginning to delve into, is that the Supreme Court there said there are so many really unanswered and problematic questions, we're going to throw the election out and redo it," Clinton told Gross. "We have no such provision in our country. And usually we don't need it."

Clinton, who won the popular vote, also called to put an end to the Electoral College system.

"I was sitting listening to a report on the French election and the French political analyst said, 'You know in our country the person with the most votes wins, unlike in yours,' " she recounted. "And I think that's an anachronism. I've said that since 2000."

The two-time presidential candidate said that she never believed, like many, that Trump would soften on some of his more hard line campaign promises, such as building a wall to separate the entire U.S.-Mexico border, and added that nothing he has done since taking office in January has made her "feel much better" about it.

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"I believe that Donald Trump poses a clear and present danger to our democracy, to our institutions, to the rule of law, to the civil rights and human rights of so many Americans, to the economic distribution of wealth -- which is already skewed out of proportion to where it should be," she said.

Sources: NPR, AP via Time / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Lorie Shaull/Flickr, Tim Pierce/Wikimedia Commons

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