White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest doubled down on his shameful assertion that President-elect Donald Trump knew about the alleged Russian hacking of the Democrat National Committee’s emails. In an attempt to defend his indefensible comments, Earnest used the typical liberal tactic of labeling something a “fact” when it clearly is anything but.
Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway hit back against Earnest’s Wednesday press briefing comments during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, according to The Washington Examiner:
“That is breathtaking. I guess he’s auditioning to be a political pundit after his job is over soon,” Conway said, and added that his comments were “incredibly disappointing to hear from the podium of the White House press secretary.”
Earnest, as is typical of the left when backed into a corner, doubled down: “I made the observation yesterday that Mr. Trump was obviously aware of the fact that Russia was engaged in malicious cyberactivity and that that malicious cyberactivity was having a negative impact on his opponent’s campaign and was boosting his.”
He continued: “I don’t know exactly what source he was using. He could have been relying on news reports. Maybe somebody on Capitol Hill who had been briefed about this matter had informed him or his team about it. It’s also possible that he consulted with one of his closest aides, Roger Stone, who back in July tweeted: ‘Of course the Russians hacked Hillary Clinton’s email.’”
Earnest continued to deal in conjecture and, if the ideologies were flipped, what the left would call “conspiracy theory”: “I don’t know if it was a staff meeting or he had access to a briefing or he was just basing his assessment on a large number of published reports, but Mr. Trump obviously knew that Russia was engaged in malicious cyber activity that was helping him and hurting Secretary Clinton’s campaign.”
You know who else knew, according to reports? The Democrats. Apparently they didn’t think it was too big of a deal back then, but now it’s suddenly a major concern.
“These are just facts,” Earnest claimed.
He also doubled down on the left’s laughable faux outrage over Trump’s comment that perhaps the Russians could find the 33,000 emails Clinton had deleted — that she was under congressional subpoena not to touch — and the Trump team’s defense of that comment as a sarcastic quip:
“I don’t think anybody at the White House thinks it’s funny that an adversary of the U.S. engaged in malicious cyberactivity to destabilize our democracy,” Earnest said. “That’s not a joke. Nobody at the White House thought it was a joke. Nobody in the intelligence community thought it was a joke. I’m not aware of any members of Congress in either party, [who were] briefed on this matter multiple times dating back to the summer, who though[t] it was a joke.”
“Sen. [Marco] Rubio, R-Fla., put out a comment shortly before the election indicating that he took it rather seriously. So I think that’s not a particularly persuasive defense that’s being mounted by the president-elect’s team,” Earnest added.
The left, now and at the time of Trump’s comment, asserted that the Russians were behind the hacking — despite the fact that it hadn’t then and still hasn’t been conclusively proven that it was the case. All Trump seemed to be asserting was that, if the Russians had already gotten in there as the left alleged, perhaps they found the emails that Clinton illegally destroyed.
It’s interesting how the left took Trump’s comment so seriously but didn’t manage to muster up concern for the fact that Hillary Clinton used private servers to send and receive classified information as secretary of state and then proceeded to destroy evidence she was not supposed to destroy.
I doubt the intelligence community thought that was a joke either …
Earnest’s comments are shameful and no doubt an extension of his boss, President Obama’s. Talk about beneath the dignity of the office …