Jill Stein’s recount efforts are more political theater and fundraising than anything else. She and her allies are just trying to diminish the legitimacy of Trump’s win. Of course, Stein keeps saying it’s about the voters and the integrity of our elections.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel isn’t buying it:
Editorial: Jill Stein’s Wisconsin vanity project
Jill Stein may actually believe that demanding a recount of presidential tallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania will ensure that “democracy” is served.
More likely, she believes the Green Party will be served by her audacious PR stunt.
Either way, the Stein recounts are a colossal waste of money and energy when there is not a shred of credible evidence of fraud or error and when the final vote in these three states likely will not change very much.
Stein’s quixotic moralizing damages the credibility of the very institution she claims to protect — the sanctity of the ballot box. It could even put Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes at risk if the recount isn’t completed by the time the Electoral College meets in December to officially confirm Trump’s election. Stein wants a hand count of ballots, and sued on Monday to try to force a reluctant state government to do that.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign should have stayed far away from this nonsense. Instead, her campaign is participating in the recount.
Clinton blasted Trump for refusing to say during an October debate whether he would accept the results of the election. Her campaign wrote on Twitter at the time: “Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy.”
Does she still believe that? She should reaffirm that view.
And then there’s this. The Hillary campaign is apparently now fully on board:
— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood) November 30, 2016
Clinton campaign asking for help with the recount in Michigan after the "heartbreak" on Election Day. pic.twitter.com/aNomBtSB4r
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) November 30, 2016
Trump won and you lost, Hillary.
Get over it.