Hillary Clinton has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at US President Donald Trump and his refusal to concede the 2020 election in a pointed post to her Instagram page.
While Democratic nominee Joe Biden took out the majority of votes to win the presidential race on Saturday, Trump has refused to accept the outcome of the election or work with Biden on his transition into office.
Trump is the first US president to lose a re-election bid since 1992.
Clinton, who lost the 2016 election to Trump, posted a single image to her Instagram account on Wednesday, showing a handwritten letter addressed to her husband, former president Bill Clinton, from George H. W. Bush.
The letter was penned on January 20, 1993, the day of Bill Clinton’s inauguration and welcomes him to the Oval Office.
“I wish you great happiness here,” President Bush wrote. “Your success is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”
The note was described by Hillary Clinton as “gracious”.
“Here’s how it’s done in America,” she wrote.
“This is the gracious letter George H.W. Bush left for Bill in the Oval Office on the day of Bill's inauguration.
Here’s how it’s done in America. This is the gracious letter George H.W. Bush left for Bill in the Oval Office on the day of Bill's inauguration. "Your success now is our country's success," President Bush wrote. "I am rooting hard for you." Since the very beginning, American presidents have accepted the will of the people and participated in a peaceful transfer of power. That's what makes our democracy so unique, and so enduring.
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“Since the very beginning, American presidents have accepted the will of the people and participated in a peaceful transfer of power. That's what makes our democracy so unique, and so enduring.”
While no mention of Trump was made, it was blatant jab at the current situation unfolding in the White House.
“Unfortunately Trump is going to leave kicking and screaming,” one person commented.
“That’s what grown ups do,” another said, referring to the maturity of Bush’s letter.
Biden focuses on transition to White House
Trump's efforts to overturn the election results in key states have not kept Biden from making preparations to assume office on January 20. The Democrat has spent much of the week huddling with advisers on staffing decisions.
The incumbent, meanwhile, has shown no sign he will concede even as his unproven allegations of widespread voter fraud in key states have met with scepticism from judges and legal analysts.
Trump's 2020 campaign has brought a new lawsuit in Michigan alleging voter misconduct.
The suit appears unlikely to alter the outcome in the state: he is losing by roughly 148,000 votes in unofficial vote totals.
A Michigan Department of State spokesman said the Trump campaign was promoting false claims to erode public confidence in the election.
Judges have tossed out several Trump lawsuits and legal experts say the litigation has scant chance of changing the outcome.
- with Reuters
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