Trump Blasts Recount Effort: “The People Have Spoken.”
President-elect Donald Trump released a statement Saturday night criticizing the multi-state recount effort spearheaded by Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party. After it emerged this weekend that Hillary Clinton would be joining Stein in her Wisconsin recount efforts, Trump said the entire investigation was “ridiculous.”
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future,'” Trump said.
He accused Stein of using the recount to squeeze donations out of disgruntled liberals.
“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said. “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”
The Clinton campaign joined the push for a recount on Saturday without fully endorsing Stein’s intentions.
“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” said Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias.
More likely scenario: That this recount was a Clinton operation from the beginning. They went to Stein through back channels and got her to be the fall guy for a surely-doomed audit so they could avoid accusations of trying to delegitimize the election.
The recounts have apparently been inspired by University of Michigan computer scientists who claim there were voting anomalies in several key swing states. Clinton’s vote totals were unusually low in counties that used electronic voting machines as opposed to paper ballots, leading some to believe that hackers – Russian, of course – monkeyed with the machines.
The White House has panned the theory.
“The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day,” said an Obama administration official. “As we have noted before, we remained confident in the overall integrity of electoral infrastructure, a confidence that was borne out on Election Day. As a result, we believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
Since the election, Obama has been one of the sanest voices on the left. If that’s a preview of where the Democratic Party is headed – a land of fantasy and conspiracy where BARACK OBAMA is too MODERATE – then we are in for a wild four years. Hopefully, Trump and the GOP can take advantage of this disarray to push through a legislative package that proves Democrats have no business running the government in the first place.