In what shouldn’t come as a surprise, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has announced that they will be joining the Jill Stein initiated recount of Wisconsin’s election results, as well as Michigan’s and Pennsylvania’s should they take places.
The Stein/Clinton recount for Wisconsin will commence this coming week, as long as Jill pays the necessarily funds, which she should have no problem doing considering she has miraculously raised over $6 million in 4 days towards this effort. It was previously pointed out that Jill Stein’s recount campaign raised more money in 2 days ($4.5 million) than she did during the course of her entire campaign ($3.5 million), leading some to speculate as to where this money is coming from (George Soros).
Now, it seems Hillary Clinton is no longer sitting on the sidelines, but instead is joining the recount effort and committing her legal team to Wisconsin to keep an eye on any “outside interference”. The Washington Post reports:
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been quietly exploring whether there was any “outside interference” in the election results and will participate in the election recount in Wisconsin initiated by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, a Clinton campaign lawyer revealed Saturday.
In a Medium post, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias said that the campaign had received “hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton,” especially in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where the “combined margin of victory for Donald Trump was merely 107,000 votes.”
Elias said the campaign had “not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology.” But because of the margin of victory — and because of the degree of apparent foreign interference during the campaign — Elias said that Clinton officials had “quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states.”
He said that the Clinton campaign would participate in the Stein-initiated recount in Wisconsin by having representatives on the ground monitoring the count and having lawyers represent them in court if needed. And if Stein made good on efforts to prompt similar processes in Pennsylvania and Michigan, Elias said, the Clinton campaign would do so there, as well.
“The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities,” Elias said. “While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.”
How convenient that Jill Stein initiates the recount so it doesn’t reflect poorly on the Clinton campaign for being a sore loser, but now that the recount is underway, they feel compelled to jump in just to make sure there was no “interference” in the results.
Although the media, and even the Obama administration, are downplaying any expectations of a reversal of the election results, I can’t help but wonder why this recount is taking place to begin with if they don’t expect significant results. Or, are these statements of doubt only meant to dissuade Trump voters from focusing too intently on the recount efforts, and then when a “shocking result” comes out of Wisconsin they can all act surprised and all the more rigorously examine votes in Michigan and Pennsylvania with a greater level of public support.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, sent an appropriate tweet regarding Clinton joining the recount stating, “Look who can’t accept the election results”, a reference to when Hillary blasted Trump for not blindly accepting the outcome last month.
Look who “can’t accept the election results” Hillary Clinton Supporters Call for Vote Recount in Battleground States https://t.co/D4t6HbPUXG
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 24, 2016
And let’s not forget, it was Hillary Clinton herself who said in one of her speeches that, “Not accepting the results of an election is a direct assault on our democracy“.
😂Hillary Says:”Not Accepting the results of the Election is a direct assault on our Democracy,Dont b a Sore Loser”😂pic.twitter.com/l0pGRuYcoG
— Deplorable Sandi (@sandiv11) November 15, 2016
Donald Trump even chimed in on Twitter, calling the recount a “cash grab” by the Green Party to “fill their coffers.”
The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
It would appear, in Clinton’s own words, that she, along with her campaign and Jill Stein, are a launching a “direct threat” on our democracy and have no shame in admitting it. Although Clinton’s analyst and campaign legal counsel are both admitting there is “no evidence the election was hacked”, that doesn’t seem to be stopping them from wasting millions of dollars along with state resources in order to pursue what everyone seems to consider a lost cause.
We will find out in the coming weeks just what the exact motive is behind this massive recount initiative, but for now many are left to speculate. Is it just a cash grab and publicity stunt by Green Party’s Jill Stein for future campaigns? Is Stein acting as a proxy for Clinton, attempting to delay the electoral results of these states in the scenario they are unable to complete the recount by the federal deadline of December 13th? Or, do they have a more devious motive of somehow conjuring up tens of thousands of extra Clinton votes in Wisconsin to overcome Trump’s 22,525 vote lead, essentially justifying their recount efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Whatever the reason, every voter should have cause to watch this situation unfold carefully, as the establishment pulled out all the stop to try and prevent Trump from winning this election, and I’m sure they have no qualms about doing so now.