One of the few things that has managed to bring at least a few Republicans and Democrats together in recent weeks is the revelation that Russian hackers meddled in the presidential election. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined Democrats and some other top Republicans in calling for an investigation. But the man who is soon to be the most senior member of the GOP in the country, President-elect Trump, doesn’t seem to be concerned about the allegations at all. And his top lieutenants would much rather talk about Hillary Clinton.
Since the election disgruntled Clinton fans, upset that their candidate won the popular vote yet lost in the Electoral College, have been routinely told to “get over it.” But judging from what incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Sunday, it’s him and other Trump supporters who need to stop obsessing about Hillary.
Spicer appeared on ABC’s This Week, where he responded to a question about Russian hacking by attacking Clinton. Spicer was asked whether Trump accepts the conclusion of 17 American intelligence agencies that Russia was behind email hacks that revealed private communications of Democratic party and Clinton campaign officials. Spicer answered by saying,
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? That’s a pretty valid attempt to influence an election…
No one is asking those questions. The fact is that everyone wants to make Donald Trump admit to certain things. When are we going to start talking about the other side of this, which is what did Hillary Clinton do to influence the election? Is she being punished in any way?
On New Year’s Eve Trump promised to reveal more information about the hacks on “Tuesday or Wednesday.” But based on Spicer’s appearance on This Week, plus what he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Monday, it sounds like the public is getting prepared for more deflection from Trump on the subject. Is Spicer hinting that Trump’s answer to the hacking charges will be a renewal of the call to “lock her up?”
Listen to Sean Spicer shift the conversation from Russia to Hillary, via ABC News: