Dust it off and give it to Hillary.
Senior Obama administration staffers planned a response to then-candidate Donald Trump’s potential rejection of the 2016 election results, New York Magazine reported Wednesday based on interviews with two such staffers, Deputy National Security for Communications Advisor Ben Rhodes and Communications Director Jen Psaki.
“It wasn’t a hypothetical,” Rhodes told New York. “Trump was already saying it on the campaign trail.”
At the time, Trump had said in a debate that he might not accept the election results, provoking an uproar.
The plan, essentially, was to flood the zone with a long list of “congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice,” in the magazine’s words, who would express their confidence in the election results.
The plan also called for senior Republicans and Democrats to assert that Russia had attempted to tilt the scales in Trump’s favor, as intelligence officials and some in the administration and Congress knew at the time.