Hillary Clinton predicts Trump will run for president in 2024 and says a win by him 'could be the end of our democracy'

Hillary Clinton predicts Trump will run for president in 2024 and says a win by him 'could be the end of our democracy'
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.AP Photo/Michel Euler
  • Hillary Clinton predicts that former President Donald Trump will again seek the White House in 2024.
  • "He seems to be setting himself up to do that," she told the "Sunday Today" host Willie Geist.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — in an NBC interview that was released in its entirety Sunday — predicted that former President Donald Trump would seek the presidency in 2024 and said victory by him "could be the end" of US democracy.

Clinton, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 to Barack Obama before becoming the party's nominee in 2016, was defeated by Trump in what was seen as one of the biggest political upsets in modern political history.

"If I were a betting person right now, I'd say Trump is going to run again," she told the "Sunday Today" host Willie Geist. "He seems to be setting himself up to do that, and if he's not held accountable, he gets to do it again."

"I think that could be the end of our democracy," she said. "Not too be too pointed about it, but I want people to understand that this could be a make-or-break point. If he or someone of his ilk were once again to be elected president, especially if he had a Congress that would do his bidding, you will not recognize our country."

Trump has flirted with a 2024 presidential bid since leaving the White House in January, but he has not yet made an official announcement of his plans.


When Geist asked Clinton whether she ever had "moments of responsibility or even guilt" about Trump's tenure in the White House, she acknowledged having such feelings.

"Of course," she said. "I tried to warn people. I tried to make the case that this was really dangerous — the people he was allied with, what they were saying, what he might do. I do think but for Jim Comey and the stunt he pulled 10 days before the election, I would have won."

Comey, who at the time was the director of the FBI, sent a letter to Congress on October 28, 2016, to announce that the law-enforcement agency was renewing its investigation into her private email server.

Clinton and many top Democrats have long argued that the development — less than two weeks before Election Day — swayed enough independent voters into Trump's camp to help him defeat Clinton.

In her "Today" interview, Clinton remarked on Trump's brand of politics.


"I feel terrible about not stopping him and the people around him, but I feel like now everybody can see for themselves what kind of leader he is," she said.

Clinton also reflected on Trump's base of supporters, noting that he was trying to install loyalists in key election posts across the US.

"Clearly, there were people who liked what they saw, despite what I see as the real dangers to our country," she said. "They turned out and voted for him. And he's trying to get it set up so that will happen again for him, even as he loses, as he did twice the popular vote."

In the 2016 presidential election, Trump beat Clinton in the Electoral College (304 to 227, with seven electors defecting), but Clinton edged him out in the popular vote, 48% to 46%, securing nearly 2.9 million more votes than the Republican.

Clinton has been a fixture in national politics for generations, from her days as first lady and her tenure as a US senator representing New York to her time as the country's top diplomat and as one of the most influential figures in the Democratic Party.


She said the prospect of Trump reentering the Oval Office presented the country with a clear choice.

"Are we going to give in to all these lies and this disinformation and this organized effort to undermine our rule of law and our institutions, or are we going to stand up to it?" she asked.

Last week, in a video for her new MasterClass lesson called "The Power of Resilience," Clinton for the first time shared the speech that she would have given at the Javits Center in Manhattan had she won the presidency.