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Clinton says most Republicans want to see Trump gone but can't say it publicly: report

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction MORE said that most Republicans want to see President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE voted out of office but can’t say it publicly, Axios reported on Sunday.

Clinton told the New York Times Opinion podcast “Sway” that most Republicans “have been cowards, spineless enablers” of the president throughout his administration.

"Most Republicans are going to want to close the page," Clinton said on an episode of the podcast set to be released Monday. "They want to see him gone as much as we do, but they can't say it publicly."

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When asked if a female president would have better handled the coronavirus pandemic, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said, "I have no doubt, especially if it were me. I have no doubt. I mean, I was born for that."

The U.S. has recorded the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, with more than 8.5 million cases and 225,067 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

Clinton added that she “can’t entertain the idea of [Trump] winning” the 2020 election, which is slightly more than a week away. 

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

"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,” she added, according to Axios. “And damaging of our norms and our values. And lessening of our leadership. And the list goes on.”

National polls and many state surveys have shown Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE leading Trump, but polls in a number of battleground states are tight.

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The president has been holding rallies across the country in the lead-up to the election. He has brought up Clinton at several of the events, including when he jokingly blamed her for a microphone outage last week. 

When asked in the “Sway” interview if she would say, “Lock him up,” Clinton responded, "No, I would never say that. ... I believe in the rule of law, unlike some of these people."

"I think I live rent-free in his head," she added, according to Axios.