Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein began a movement to force election recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Although Stein received a very small percentage of the vote, she claims the recounts are necessary to ensure the accuracy of the election and that no voting machine hacking took place.
She also claims it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton.
“In an election already tainted by suspicion, previously expressed by Donald Trump himself, verifying the vote is a common-sense procedure that would put all concerns around voter disenfranchisement to rest. Trump’s desperate attempts to silence voter demands for recounts raise a simple question: why is Donald Trump afraid of these recounts?”
However, in looking into Stein’s background, she is more liberal than she portrays and I can’t help but believe that her only motive for pushing for the recounts is her hopes of getting Hillary Clinton in the White House. If she wanted to ensure the integrity of the vote, she could have picked any state for a recount, but she chose three key swing states where Trump won by the narrowest margins instead of any of the states where Clinton won by narrower margins.
In Wisconsin, Trump defeated Clinton by only 27,257 votes. Wisconsin holds 10 Electoral Votes.
In Pennsylvania, Trump defeated Clinton by only 68,236 votes. Pennsylvania holds 20 Electoral Votes.
In Michigan, Trump defeated Clinton by only 11,612 votes. Michigan holds 16 Electoral Votes.
For the Electoral Vote to be overturned in Clinton’s favor, she would have to win the popular vote in all three of the afore mentioned states. If she somehow was declared winner in Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump would still have 270 Electoral Votes, leaving Clinton with only 268 Electoral Votes and she would still lose.
Trump supporters are not standing still to wait for the outcome of the recounts. According to the New York Times, a lawsuit has been filed to stop the recount in Wisconsin. The Great America PAC, Stop Hillary PAC and Wisconsin resident Ronald R. Johnson are responsible for the lawsuit. They claim the recount could ‘unjustifiably cast doubt’ on Trump’s election victory in the Badger State. They also argued in court that they doubt if the recount could be completed and be accurate by the December 12 deadline. Consequently, they are asking the court to stop the recount immediately.
In Pennsylvania, a similar lawsuit has been filed to stop the recount. Among those involved in the lawsuit is Lawrence J. Tabas, General Counsel of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. He told the court that Stein and her lawyers have failed to provide sufficient evidence of voter fraud or illegal action such as hacking and therefore, there is no reason to incur the cost of a recount. Tabas was quoted as saying:
“They know they have no claim.”
“This action by Jill Stein and her supporters — I couldn’t even call it a Hail Mary pass, because that would be insulting to the Hail Mary pass.”
In Michigan, attorneys for Donald Trump have asked to stop the recount before it begins. Gary Gordon, one of Trump’s attorneys stated:
“This recount petition is absolutely unprecedented in the history of Michigan election law.”
Personally, I welcome the recount since all three states would have to overturn their results for Clinton to win. It would also settle the matter in many minds of whether or not the election was tampered with. I would even welcome Trump supporters filing for a recount in Minnesota where Clinton defeated Trump by only 43,785 votes. Minnesota holds 10 Electoral Votes, same as Wisconsin. What about a recount in New Hampshire where Clinton won by only 2,732 votes? Even though New Hampshire only holds 4 Electoral Votes, if the issue is vote integrity, then why not ask for a recount? Why not a recount in Nevada where Clinton won by only 26 434 a narrower margin than Trump won by in Pennsylvania or Wisconsin. Nevada holds another 6 Electoral Votes. Let’s not forget Maine where Clinton won by only 20,035 votes? Why not recount Colorado where Clinton won by only 71,741 votes?
I wonder what Clinton supporters and Stein would say if Trump backers demanded recounts in these states where Clinton won by narrow margins? I bet they would be angry and using all kinds of language that I won’t repeat. Imagine what they’d be saying if those states with their total of 29 Electoral Votes. If that happened, Trump would still have defeated Clinton even if Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan counts get overturned.