Let me get this straight, the incoming Trump press secretary, Sean Spicer, says the election was rigged and Hillary Clinton, not Vladimir Putin–who has been proven to have hacked the DNC computer systems–is the one who rigged it.
Didn’t Trump win the election? So what are you saying, Spicer, that Clinton is so bad that she rigged an election she lost?
Sean Spicer said this today, as reported by Think Progress:
Trump’s new press secretary, Sean Spicer, is deflecting questions about the influence of Russian hacking on the 2016 election — arguing instead that people should talk about on “punishing” Hillary Clinton for trying to “influence the election.”
Spicer was asked if President-elect Trump accepts the conclusion of seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was responsible for the hacks that sought to damage Clinton’s bid for the presidency.
“Why aren’t we talking about the other influences on the election? Why aren’t we talking about Hillary Clinton getting debate questions ahead of time?” Spicer said in response.
“No one is asking those questions. The fact is that everyone wants to make Donald Trump admit to certain things. When do we talk about the other side, which is what did Hillary Clinton do to influence the election? Is she being punished?”
Spicer, to be clear, is referring to information from the Russian hacks themselves — the apparent revelation that during the Democratic primary, Donna Brazile, formerly a CNN contributor, passed Clinton’s campaign debate questions.
While Spicer says that “no one” is asking those questions, when the hacked information was released by Wikileaks the story dominated media coverage. It also became one of Trump’s favorite talking points. Trump used it to bolster his claim that the election was being “rigged” by the Democrats.
Trump and his team are avoiding questions about the intelligence assessment that Russia attempted to swing the election in Trump’s favor.
This is the height of both hypocrisy and arrogance. Perhaps I should re-state the obvious: Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, and against all odds. Hillary Clinton was his opponent. Hillary Clinton lost the election. Turns out there is proof that Russia attempted to sway the election. So, in my opinion, the lowest of low in human behavior is for Team Trump to try and pin his ‘win’ on his opponent.
Kinda’ makes you suspicious, doesn’t it?