Kellyanne Conway went to great lengths Friday to avoid defending Donald Trump’s baseless claim that “millions” of illegal votes lost him the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Conway was asked by host George Stephanopoulos about Trump’s tweet—for which he has still provided no evidence—that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Stephanopoulos said that Trump’s “claim is groundless. Isn’t it irresponsible for the President-elect to make false statements like that?”
Conway avoided justifying Trump’s claim in her response.
“I think it’s groundless to talk about fake news, the fake news is that somehow the popular vote is more important than the Electoral College vote now,” she said.
Stephanopoulos stopped her and said that he hadn’t questioned Trump’s electoral victory, just asked whether it was appropriate for him to make the false claim about illegal voting.
“Well first, many people are questioning the victory. You’ve got people spending millions of dollars—wasting money and time—in the Clinton and Stein camps,” on recounts, she said. “So, not everyone has, quote, ‘accepted the election results.’”
Conway then turned to the question at hand, citing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who previously defended Trump’s claim but admitted he had no proof to back it up.
“The President-elect has been talking to different people, including Kris Kobach of Kansas, about voting irregularities, or the number of illegal votes that may have been cast, and I believe he based his information on that,” she said.
Later, Stephanopoulos asked Conway directly: “Is that statement by President-elect Trump true?”
“He’s been receiving information about the irregularities, and about the illegal votes, especially from sources, officials, like Kris Kobach, as I mentioned,” she said. “But he is messaging to his supporters and to the rest of the country the way he feels. Just the way the Clinton team is pretending that the scapegoat in this election is Jim Comey.”
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