Trump Fires Back at Recount in Measured Statement and Angry Tweets

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President-elect Donald Trump has finally addressed recount efforts, using his favorite medium, twitter [AFP/File / Timothy A. Clary]
President-elect Donald Trump has finally addressed recount efforts, using his favorite medium, twitter [AFP/File / Timothy A. Clary]

Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed papers for a vote recount in Wisconsin and plans to do the same in two other states, Pennsylvania and Michigan, all of which were won by razor-thin margins. Stein has garnered some support from the Hillary Clinton campaign, though Clinton herself is notably not initiating any of the recounts.

Now President-elect Donald Trump is entering the fray, asserting the legitimacy of election results which surprised many by catapulting him from a Manhattan penthouse into the most powerful public office in the U.S.

First, Trump released a statement on Saturday, the headline of which called the recount ridiculous. It went on to say:

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 had harsher words for Stein that night, writing on Twitter that “The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems.”

Later that night, he took to attacking the Democrats, accusing them of hypocrisy. “The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!” Trump wrote.

He returned to Twitter in the morning with another series of tweets going after Democrats and insisting “Nothing will change.”

He then quoted Clinton at length:

Hillary’s debate answer on delay: “That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works. Been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a […] during a general election. I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.” Then, separately she stated, “He said something truly horrifying … he refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That is a direct threat to our democracy.” She then said, “We have to accept the results and look to the future, Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” So much time and money will be spent – same result! Sad

On Saturday, Clinton’s legal counsel Mark Stein explained the campaign’s position in a Medium post. Although no investigation has yield proven that the results were manipulated, Stein said, “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.”

11/27/2016 9:42 AM by David Kinzer

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