As I'm sure you've heard by now, some truly massive news occurred over the long Thanksgiving weekend:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Saturday said that it would participate in a recount initiated by Green Party nominee Jill Stein in Wisconsin and said it would take similar action if a recount was initiated in Michigan and Pennsylvania.As expected, the response from Donald Trump and his campaign was calm and respectful of this important process.
The campaign has taken a number of steps since election day to review election results and has not found “any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology,” Marc Elias, the campaign’s general counsel, wrote in a statement on Medium. The campaign had not planned to call for a recount, Elias wrote, but now that one is underway, it felt an obligation to participate. The extent of the campaign’s participation was not immediately clear.
“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 wrote. “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well.”
Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday after quickly raising more than $5 million to challenge election results there and in Michigan and Pennsylvania ― all key states that Clinton lost in the presidential election. Stein’s call for a recount came after data scientists publicly raised questions about discrepancies in election results.
Elias wrote that the Clinton campaign had been consulting with a number of experts to understand irregularities in election result data and had attempted to “systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.” The campaign has also staffed post-election canvasses ― the processes by which election returns are officially certified, which includes double checking tallies from election night.
Hahahaha...just kiddin'! After the expected nasty, insulting, false and defensive response from Kellyanne Conway came the main course from the candidate himself. It was even more unhinged than we're used to, culminating in this:
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
It would have been much easier for me to win the so-called popular vote than the Electoral College in that I would only campaign in 3 or 4--— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
states instead of the 15 states that I visited. I would have won even more easily and convincingly (but smaller states are forgotten)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
Our so-called president-elect just said that the election was fraudulent without any evidence. Without going any further, let's just take a moment to appreciate how utterly insane and unprecedented this is. With each passing day, we're in new and scarier territory. We're used to him lying and bullying because that's all he ever does. What's really important here is that Trump is saying that the election was rigged even though he (apparently) won! And to be clear, he's the only candidate saying such a thing.
It's hard to even analyze such a bizarre and fast-moving situation right now, especially before we see any of the results from the Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania recounts/audits. But I do have a suggestion for any interested party:
Call Trump's bluff and request new recounts/audits not only in Virginia and New Hampshire, but also Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Iowa...and any other state where the polls and exits deviated greatly from the vote count.
The "president-elect" believes that the election was rigged, and the public should have no faith in the security of our electoral system as a result. The door is now wide open to prove him right or wrong as a public service to the American people, and we should do just that.
The post-election situation has already spun out of control. What the hell do we have to lose?
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