“He is pissed!” That’s how a person with close ties to the Trump team explained to Dennis Michael Lynch how President-elect Donald Trump reacted to hearing the Clinton campaign was taking part in the vote recount led by Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein.
Trump called Stein’s call for a recount “a scam” in a statement released by his transition team on Saturday.
Stein’s efforts began earlier this week when she launched an online funding campaign in which she asked for donations to pay for the fees associated with demanding a recount. Stein quickly grabbed the needed $2.1 million in less than 24-hours, but then raised her fundraising goals to $7 million stating the legal fees would mount to $3-4 million. To date, she has raised over $5 million and there is little sign of things slowing down now that the Clinton campaign in jumping in to help. Stein states on her website that there is no guarantee of a recount taking place, or that the results will change any if a recount is conducted, and that any and all money raised beyond the costs of a recount will be used to help improve the election process in the future.
Up to now, Trump had been ignoring Stein’s efforts to recount votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. But after Wisconsin officials announced late Friday they are moving forward with the first presidential recount in state history, Trump felt a need to respond. “The people have spoken and the election is over,” Trump declared Saturday. He added, “We must accept this result and then look to the future.”
“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves,” Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias wrote Saturday in blog post. “But now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
Elias said Clinton would take the same approach in Pennsylvania and Michigan if Stein were to follow through with recount requests those states, even though that was highly unlikely to change the election outcome.
“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,” Elias wrote.
Trump voiced his disgust via Twitter on Saturday night. “The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems.
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
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