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Durbin: Hillary Clinton is 'flat-out wrong' in saying Biden 'should not concede under any circumstances'

Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinDemocrats go down to the wire with Manchin Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave MORE (D-Ill.) said Sunday that former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE is “flat-out wrong” in saying Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE “should not concede under any circumstances.”

Durbin told ABC’s “This Week” that he disagreed with Clinton’s comments on “The Recount” last month that Biden should avoid conceding because the election will “drag out” because of increased mail-in voting. 

“I disagree with Hillary Clinton,” he said. “I respect her. I like her. But I think she’s just flat-out wrong.”

Durbin addressed Clinton’s remarks from an August interview that Biden “should not concede under any circumstances,” citing that the election results are “gonna drag out” because of the influx in mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Eventually, I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is,” the 2016 Democratic nominee told former aide Jennifer Palmieri on Showtime’s “The Circus.”

Republicans have seized on Clinton's remarks as they have sought to defend comments from President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE, who this week refused to say he would commit to a peaceful transition of power. Trump has also repeatedly cast doubt on the validity of an election with more mail-in ballots, even though there is no evidence that there is more voter fraud because of such balloting. 

Many expect the results of this year's election to be delayed because of all the mail-in ballots, and there also have been discussions about how Trump could have an early lead in some states if more GOP voters vote in person and mail-in ballots from Democrats are counted second.

Durbin, the second-ranking Democratic leader in the Senate, expressed confidence that the winner of the 2020 presidential election “will be announced at some point.”

“I hope my choice, Joe Biden, is elected president,” he said.

“But if we are going to maintain a democracy, peaceful transition through an election is the only way to do it,” he added, nodding toward Trump's remarks.

“Just look at the streets of Belarus today if you want to see the alternative,” he added. Demonstrations after a disputed election in that country have been taking place for weeks

“We don’t need that in America. Whoever the winner is if it is clear and legal that should be announced and the other party should concede,” Durbin said.