Amid the spy-vs.-spy drama unfolding in federal reports about Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reminded the nation that the results of the election did not turn on Russian cyberwarfare.
“Let’s just be clear — Russia didn’t affect this election,” Huckabee said Friday on Fox Business Network. “If Hillary wants to know why she lost, go down to Walgreens, spend $4, buy a little mirror, look in it, and you’ll have the answer.”
He noted that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “didn’t campaign in key states,” adding, “Her message absolutely stunk up the place. That’s why she lost.”
Huckabee has said that “you have to believe in unicorns” to believe Russian hackers directly changed election results.
“They still try to put forth this narrative that somehow [Russian President Vladimir] Putin affected the outcome of the election,” Huckabee said of the Obama administration. “But he didn’t, and nobody’s been able to prove anything like that.”
On Thursday, the Obama administration announced sanctions against Russia for its role in hacking the Democratic National Committee.
Huckabee said the prime mover who focused hackers on U.S. vulnerabilities was Clinton herself.
Democrats made it all too easy to hack their emails.
“Do we not remember how it happened?” he asked of the breaches. “Part because Hillary puts her private server in her bathroom, that she was putting there illegally.”
“And the other part is because [Clinton campaign chairman] John Podesta stupidly gave his password up to a hacker,” added Huckabee.
“I mean, shouldn’t we be blaming dumb Democrats as much as we should the fact that someone tried — I mean, I had an attempted hack this week, but I wasn’t stupid enough to give them all my information and invite them into my computer. We fail to remember that’s how they got hacked.”
Huckabee said nations hacking one another has become standard in the 21st century.
“Does anybody listening to us believe the U.S. isn’t attempting to hack the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians and anybody else that we’re afraid of?” he asked.
“I think what the Russians did … they did it because that’s what countries do to each other in this world of cyberspace,” he added.
“I’m sure that we’re doing everything we can in our own intelligence operations to try to tap into every foreign government that we can find a hole in,” he said.