Trump calls Wisconsin recount a 'scam'
An angry Donald Trump blasted Democrats for not accepting the results of the election, calling the Green Party inspired recount and voting machine audit in Wisconsin a "scam."
The Clinton campaign announced that they would participate in the recount despite the fact that they found no evidence the vote had been tampered with.
"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," Trump said in a statement.
Citing concerns that voting systems have been compromised, Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday afternoon, and has been fundraising off her vow to do the same in Pennsylvania and Michigan — all states in which Trump won or is leading.
On Saturday, Hillary Clinton’s general counsel Marc Elias said that the campaign would be participating in the Wisconsin recount, though they had discovered no evidence that the voting process had been interfered with. He said the campaign would join the effort in the other states if Stein continued pushing for a recount there.
Elias wrote in a post on Medium that while no evidence of manipulation had emerged, "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."
“But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself,” he added.
Trump's statement on Saturday did not mention Clinton by name, though her campaign had joined the recount effort. She conceded to Trump shortly after he crossed the electoral threshold earlier this month to win the White House.
"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.
Trump is correct. Stein raised more money for the recount in a week than she did during the entire campaign. She even admitted that most of the money would not be spent on the recount.
But it hardly matters. This is not an effort to discover tens of thousands of votes for Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein in order to overturn the results of the election. It's a way for liberals to delegitimize the presidency of Donald Trump. The reasoning for the recount rests on the extremely dubious claims of a couple of election law lawyers and computer scientists who say there was a significant discrepancy in Hillary Clinton's support between areas where electronic voting machines were used and where paper ballots were used. The fact that there are other, more mundane reasons for that discrepancy doesn't matter. The purpose of the study and the recount are similar; torpedo the Trump presidency.
The democratic process has handed the Democratic Party a devastating defeat that they are unable and unwilling to come to grips with. Their desperation isn't surprising given that the alternative is to recognize how thoroughly their ideas and personalities were rejected on election day.