Trump Goes Bonkers Over Recount Effort: Here’s What He Just Said
Donald Trump descended into an absurd meltdown on Saturday over the election recount effort launched in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, calling it “a scam” and “ridiculous” because that Hillary Clinton “has already conceded.”
Trump, a master of scams himself, charged that the effort was nothing but a fundraising ploy by the Green Party and its nominee, Jill Stein.
“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,” the President-elect said in a statement.
Trump’s statement did not mention Clinton, whose campaign said Saturday it will take part in the recounts, joining with Stein.
Green Party officials filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday after reports of possible voting discrepancies in areas that used paper ballots versus those where electronic voting took place.
A team of election lawyers and computer scientists have also been pleading with the Clinton campaign to demand a recount into the results of these three states, claiming to have evidence that the results may have been somehow sabotaged.
Trump said, “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.'”
Well, Mr. Trump, NOT SO FAST!
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and her supporters are also demanding an audit of the 2016 Presidential election in those same three states noting that “a shift of just 55,000 Trump votes to Hillary in PA, MI & WI is all that is needed to win.”
Green Party co-chairman George Martin said the party is seeking a “reconciliation of paper records” –a request that could go further than a simple recount, possibly spurring an investigation into the integrity of Wisconsin’s voting system. “This is a process, a first step to examine whether our electoral democracy is working,” Martin said.
While Stein and Clinton supporters have often been at odds during the election, this fundraising drive may unite the two groups behind a common cause.