The news has been saturated with Trump’s comments on voter fraud. White House press secretary Sean Spicer had to deal with a myriad of questions from the media on that subject.
If the media’s not bickering about inauguration day crowd sizes, they’re fixating on Trump’s longstanding belief – which is shared by many people – that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. They act like it’s “breaking news.” Judging by the media’s reaction, you’d think that voter fraud is all Trump and Spicer want to talk about.
But Spicer never brought it up. In fact, in his opening remarks at Tuesday’s briefing, he “listed everything Donald Trump has done since he became president five days ago,” according to CNS News. “The long list includes various meetings with business, union and congressional leaders and the signing of executive orders intended to boost the U.S. economy and job market.”
But the media didn’t want to talk about those things. What they wanted to know was whether Trump actually believes that millions of people voted illegally in the election. Six different reporters thought this was worthy of pressing Spicer about. CNS News reported:
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny was the fourth of six reporters to ask Spicer on Tuesday about Trump’s comment at the Monday evening reception.
“You said the president believes that there was voter fraud. I wonder if you believe that? You were at the Republican National Committee at the time and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was the chairman of the RNC the time. Do you believe there was widespread voter fraud?” Zeleny asked Spicer.
“Listen, my job is not–” Spicer began. But Zeleny wasn’t finished:
“And do you — how could he be comfortable with his win if he believes…there were three million votes? Maybe he didn’t win,” Zeleny said.
Spicer said Trump is “very comfortable with his win.”
“It’s an electoral-based system,” Spicer said. “He got 306 electoral votes, 33 of 50 states voted for him. I think — look, Jeff, I’ve asked and answered this question twice. He believes what he believes based on the information that he’s provided.”
Spicer then turned to another reporter, but Zeleny continued: “What does that mean for democracy, though, Sean? What does that mean–“
“Thanks, Jeff,” Spicer said.
Zeleny again: “If he does believe that, what does that mean for democracy?”
“It means that I’ve answered your question,” Spicer said, turning away.
“Have you?” Zeleny shot back.
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