Donald Trump’s aide Kellyanne Conway appeared on CNN‘s “State of the Union” Sunday, where she was dodging questions about Russia’s hacking of Democratic operatives, saying that the hacks didn’t influence the presidential election in any way.
“Any attempt, any aspiration to influence our election failed. They were not successful in doing that,” Conway said.
Jake Tapper told Conway that Trump used the hacked emails as a tool to help him lean the voters in his favor. “Obviously, he thought it was going to have an effect on the election,” Tapper said.
“Well, it had an effect on his debate answer,” Conway responded. “And it had an effect on the Clinton campaign because it was quite embarrassing to watch a host of advisers question her judgment, question whether she would ever find her voice … why she was testing 84 slogans to find out who she was and what she’d run on — this guy had ‘make America great again’ and never changed.”
She went on to say that the Russian’s were also trying to hack the RNC but weren’t successful. “The (Republican National Committee) — apparently there was an attempted hack on the RNC, I’m informed but they had sufficient cybersecurity firewalls in place,” she said.
Conway also said that the attacks were “alleged attacks, alleged aspirations to interfere with out democracy.”
Tapper considered her choice of words a bit confusing, knowing that U.S. intelligence has already proven the attacks to be done in order for Trump to win the presidency. “But what I guess I don’t understand is why there is this reluctance by President-elect Trump and people around him to acknowledge Russia did this,” Tapper said. “You said it was an alleged attack. I don’t know why you’re saying alleged.”
It’s hard to understand why Trump’s team keeps avoiding the facts.