With Hillary Clinton now officially joining the Stein recount effort, despite warning against not accepting election results being a “direct assault on democracy”, Donald Trump and his staff have released a statement addressing this issue.
Although most media outlets are downplaying the recount as a lost cause, Jill Stein has effectively raised over $4.5 million in a very short period time, leaving some to wonder is she was acting a planned proxy for Clinton all along. The Wisconsin recount request was officially filed on Friday, with the recount to take place in the coming week. Michigan’s cutoff date is Monday to file the necessary paperwork followed by Pennsylvania’s on Wednesday.
Now that Stein’s recount is actually moving forward and seems to be a reality for both Michigan and Pennsylvania as well, Donald Trump has decided to chime in, pointing out the need to move on from an election that was already conceded by Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s statement, posted on GreatAgain.gov, is as follows:
For Immediate Release
November 26, 2016
Media Contact: Media@ptt.gov
“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.’
“It is important to point out that with the help of millions of voters across the country, we won 306 electoral votes on Election Day – the most of any Republican since 1988 – and we carried nine of 13 battleground states, 30 of 50 states, and more than 2,600 counties nationwide – the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
“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. All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.
“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.”
Although Hillary Clinton did in fact concede the morning after the election, this concession does not actually have any impact on challenging the results. When an opponent concedes, it is more of a symbolic gesture and as we know from the 2000 election, a candidate can quickly retract their concession.
Nothing should be taken for granted during this recount, as Michigan has announced they are already preparing for a “hand recount” of over 48 million votes, which they might be hard pressed to complete by the December 13th federal deadline. There has been no word from Pennsylvania as of yet, but considering the Clinton/Stein recount seems dedicated to moving forward, I would expect a statement from them before the state’s Wednesday deadline for filing.
Donald Trump sees this recount effort as nothing more than a “cash grab” by the Green Party and Jill Stein, but you can bet he will have his legal counsel involved to make sure the process is handled fairly and accurately. Let’s hope the Democrats have not already laid the foundation in Wisconsin in the past two weeks for a “surprise result” following the recount.