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Hillary Clinton Ends His Unfinished Business With Donald Trump

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Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election Saturday, bringing an end to the “unfinished business” that Hillary Clinton said was left to fester following her loss to President Donald Trump in 2016.

The former secretary of state’s loss to Trump was to many pollsters and citizens a shocking outcome in what initially seemed like a cut-and-dried race. Trump’s personal attacks on Clinton began early in the 2016 election cycle—and despite winning the presidency, he did not let up on the criticisms and accusations in the years since.

Calls to “Lock her up!” became a rallying cry at Trump’s campaign events and grew into a default response to politicians with whom Trump butted heads. A comment he made during the third presidential debate in 2016 about Clinton being a “nasty woman” was co-opted as a phrase of pride for some liberal women. He repeatedly accused her of having conflicts of interest and questionable ties to Wall Street financiers, and he recently said that Democrats never accepted her failed presidential bid.

Clinton had attacks of her own for Trump and his supporters in 2016. A comment she made about his supporters being part of a “basket of deplorables” drew backlash from conservatives after it went viral, and she accused Trump of having thin skin, calling women names and of engaging in “racist behavior.”

In the years since, she has told reporters that Trump is a “clear and present danger” to the country and said last month that the thought of Trump winning re-election made her “literally sick to my stomach.”

During an appearance on comedian Conan O’Brien’s recent podcast, Clinton drew comparisons between Trump and past U.S. presidents, and she widely criticized Trump’s leadership while in office.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands after the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.
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Just weeks before Trump’s January 2017 inauguration, a dossier alleging ties between Trump, members of his team and Russia was leaked to the public. Shortly after the publication of the “Steele dossier,” so named for the British spy who compiled it, The New York Times reported that Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay the political intelligence firm Fusion GPS for Christopher Steele’s investigation. Trump has frequently pointed to the dossier as evidence that efforts made by Clinton and other Democratic opponents to undermine him started before his presidency began.

Nearly four years after the dossier was made public, Clinton delivered a virtual endorsement of Biden during the Democratic National Convention in August and has been active on social media over the past few days to encourage patience as election workers continued counting ballots in what was such a contentious presidential race.

While Biden also advised patience and reassured Americans that every vote would be counted, Trump took a different approach and said without evidence that Democrats were trying to “steal” the election from him while his campaign attempted to halt ballot-counting efforts by launching lawsuits in a handful of battleground states.

On Election Day, Clinton posted on Twitter reminders to voters that if they were in line at the time polling places in their area closed, they still were allowed to cast their ballots. In the following days, she also posted reminders to absentee voters to confirm that their ballots had been accepted and take action to fix a rejected ballot in areas where doing so was allowed.

Clinton didn’t call out Trump directly on Twitter on Tuesday, but she did post a comment about counting ballots that seemed to take issue with the Trump campaign’s attempts to halt ballot counting.

“We’ll know the election results when every ballot is counted. That’s how democracy works,” Clinton tweeted.

Once the race was called for Biden, Clinton celebrated the victory in another post on Twitter Saturday.

“The voters have spoken,” she wrote, “and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together.”

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s campaign for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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