miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

Spicer: It’s ‘somewhat sad’ we’re still debating why Trump won

“You don’t get to pick the day the election is on. It’s set by the Constitution,” Sean Spicer said.

  White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday hit back at Hillary Clinton's assertion that she would have won if not for late-in-the-game interference from the FBI and WikiLeaks, saying “you don’t get to pick what day the election is on.”

“I'm a Patriots fan and I think if games ended in the third quarter, there would have been a different team here last week,” Spicer said, alluding to the New England Patriots' visit to the White House last week in celebration of their historic comeback victory in Super Bowl 51. “You play a game four quarters, you play an election until Election Day. So with all due respect to her, that's not how it works.”

Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a charity luncheon in Manhattan, Clinton offered her most expansive remarks to date about her surprise loss in last year’s election. The former secretary of state said she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for the loss, but also said that she “was on the way to winning” until FBI Director James Comey informed Congress in late October that the bureau was examining new evidence in its closed investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department.

Clinton also blamed WikiLeaks, which released thousands of pages of private emails believed to have been hacked from prominent Democratic officials by the Russian government, for her loss. But at Wednesday’s press briefing, Spicer alluded to another common explanation for Clinton’s loss, that she did not campaign sufficiently in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, all typically reliably-blue states where she was expected to win but did not. “You don't get to pick the day the election is on. It's set by the Constitution,” he said. “The president won 306 electoral votes and I think there's been plenty of analysis on the election and where people chose to spend their time and their resources and their messaging and I think it's somewhat sad that we're still debating why the president won in the fashion that he did.”

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