Sean Spicer Trolls Hillary Clinton, Says He Hopes She Keeps Advising 2020 Democrats

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has lashed out against Hillary Clinton after the former secretary of state suggested the 2016 presidential election was “stolen” from her.

Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday, Spicer dismissed Clinton's characterization of the 2016 race against President Donald Trump, and said he hoped she would continue working with 2020 Democratic candidates as this could undermine their chances.

On Saturday, Clinton warned the Democratic presidential candidates, “You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.”

Speaking at the Los Angeles stop of her “Evening with the Clintons” tour with husband and former President Bill Clinton, she added that Russia still poses a “very significant counterintelligence threat” and that Moscow's efforts to meddle in American elections have continued “pretty much unabated” via “social media, fake news” and “propaganda.”

But neither Spicer nor Hannity lent Clinton's opinion much weight. “Number 1: Hillary Clinton, I hope she keeps giving advice to candidates,” Spicer said. “Number 2: she did not run a great campaign. Number 3: it's not like this was close. Donald Trump turned states from blue to red. This was not one state. This was a big win.”

Spicer did not address the popular vote, which Clinton won by almost 3 million votes. Trump has repeatedly lied about the outcome, claiming he did not lose the popular vote. The contest was ultimately extremely close, with just 107,000 votes across three states deciding the outcome. Trump eventually carried 304 electoral college votes, to Clinton's 227.

Spicer's time as White House press secretary was characterized by rambling, confusing press briefings which made him a figure of mockery in the media. He resigned from the role in July 2017 when Anthony Scaramucci was made Trump's new communications director. Spicer was replaced by his then-deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

On Monday, Spicer criticized reporters and analysts whose 2016 predictions proved so wrong. “A lot of the folks who cover these races have not taken the time to understand how the game is played,” he said. “Number 1, electorally, and how elections are won and lost. They look at the public polls which are not that accurate—they are the cheapest ones available to the media—as opposed to looking at who is up and down.”

In the run up to the 2016 vote, Trump suggested the contest would be rigged so that Clinton would win. If he lost, he told supporters, he might refuse to accept the result. In response, Clinton said he was a threat to American democracy.

In the interview, Spicer suggested that Clinton's comments regarding the election outcome since her defeat are hypocritical. “No one [in the media] has a problem right now with Hillary over and over again undermining the outcome,” he told Hannity. “Trump won because he ran a better campaign.”

Sean Spicer Hillary Clinton trolls election
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answers questions during an appearance at the National Press Club August 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images