White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s investigation into election fraud he claims cost him the popular vote will focus on “urban areas” in primarily Democratic states like New York and California.
“This isn’t just about the 2016 election. This is about the integrity of our voting system,” Spicer said, responding to a reporter’s question on Trump’s announcement that he will order an investigation into voter fraud.
“Attorneys who were representing the President-elect during the recounts in several states emphatically stated ‘All available evidence suggests the 2016 election was not tainted by fraud or mistake,'” the reporter pressed. “How do you square those two things?”
“There’s a lot of states that we didn’t compete in where that’s not necessarily the case. You look at California and New York, we didn’t look at those two states in particular,” Spicer said. “I mean, as the president has noted before, he campaigned to win the electoral college, not the popular vote.”
He said that Trump would have campaigned more in “big states, very populous states in urban areas” if he was trying to win the popular vote.
“But he played the game according to the rules of the game, which is electoral strategy,” Spicer said. “That being said, I think when you look at where a lot of these issues could have occurred in bigger states, that’s where I think we’re going to look.”