Fox News host Sean Hannity reflects on his interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which will air in full tonight. He met Assange at his house arrest in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been imprisoned for more than four years.
“I believe every word he says, to be prefectly honest,” Hannity said about Assange. “Here’s the bottom line. What did he reveal here? Two things that I think come out of this, that if we looked at it from the proper perspective– Look, I was an early critic of him. He is well aware that I thought he was waging war on the United States. My opinion of it has evolved largely becuase of what I have seen that he has done in ten years. Nothing he has published has ever been proven false. Nobody has questioned the veracity or truthfulness of what he’s doing. Just like the New York Times had information about Donald Trump’s taxes illegally, they still ran with the story… I’m convinced any media outlet that was colluding with the Clinton campaign, they would have run with the story.”
“So the two things the United States ought to take out of WikiLeaks is, number one: As a country, we do not have cyber security, and if we don’t fix it, we’ll never have it. The second thing is, I think he exposed, at a level I never expected… What we learned in this election is how deeply corrupt… the level of our politics is, and collusion between media outlets and campaigns. There is not objective journalism in America. And of course, the media doesn’t want to cover that story.”
“When you see CNN feeding questions to Hillary Clinton before a debate, or they are asking the DNc for questions for Donald Trump, that is trying to influence an election,” he said.
“One other point — if we’re worried about influencing elections, why did Barack Obama take $350,000 from the State Department to a group in Israel, to try and defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu? There’s a big double standard here.”
President-elect Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 3 million votes when two of the nation’s 50 states are taken out of the tally, according to a final summary of the results of the Nov. 8 election.
Final popular vote tallies show Clinton with a margin of 2.8 million votes over Trump.
However, Clinton’s California majority was 4.2 million votes in a state Trump never contested. Clinton also won New York State — another state so blue Trump never fought for it — by 1.6 million votes.
Clinton’s 5.8 million-vote margin from just those two states alone means that in the other states combined, Trump defeated her by about 3 million votes.
Trump handily won the Electoral College vote. After a few defections on Monday when the Electoral College met, Trump defeated Clinton 304 to 227.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump noted that wining the Electoral College requires doing more than running up vote totals in a few states.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also attacked the notion that Clinton somehow won the election.
“This is football season. A team can have more yards and lose the game. What matters is how many points you put on the board. The Electoral College is the points,” he said Wednesday on Fox & Friends.
“Trump actually carried – in the 49 states outside of California, he had a 1.2 million vote majority. He got killed in California because he never campaigned there,” Gingrich said.
‘The Democrats had two people running for the U.S. Senate the way California law works, no Republican running for the U.S. Senate. So we got beaten in the biggest state. It didn’t matter. That’s not how you pick the presidency. Trump’s now going to be president. She’s not going to be president. That’s called winning the game,” he said.
Gingrich said the issue comes down to Democrats’ refusal to accept reality.
“[Trump] is, from their standpoint, horrifying. … They live in a delusional world. That’s why they lost the election: They decided to stay with the delusion.”
The Electoral College on Monday voted for Donald J. Trump to win the presidency. Seven electors, the most ever, voted for someone other than their party’s nominee.
In Washington, a state where Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had strong support in the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton, three of the state’s 12 electoral votes went to Colin L. Powell, the Republican former secretary of state. One more elector voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American leader. Another Democratic elector in Hawaii voted for Mr. Sanders.
Two Texas electors voted for different Republican politicians: Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and former Texas congressman Ron Paul.
In addition, three Democratic electors, in Colorado, Maine and Minnesota, initially declined to vote for Mrs. Clinton. Two were replaced by an alternate, and one ended up changing his vote.
Protest Votes in the Electoral College
Electors are not required by the Constitution to vote for a particular candidate. Some states and parties require their electors to pledge to vote for a candidate and may fine or replace electors who break their pledge.
It is rare for more than one elector to vote against the party’s pledged candidate, but it has happened on a few occasions.
In 1808, six New York electors from the Democratic-Republican Party refused to vote for James Madison and instead voted for the party’s vice-presidential candidate, George Clinton.
The last time an elector voted for a candidate from another party was in 1972, when a Republican from Virginia voted for the Libertarian candidate, John Hospers, instead of the eventual winner, Richard M. Nixon. A single elector has refused to vote for the party’s presidential candidate in 11 elections.