‘This is a Scam by the Green Party’: Trump Slams Jill Stein Over ‘Ridiculous Recount’
Shortly after his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway blasted Hillary Clinton’s campaign for saying they will join in on recount efforts initiated by Green party candidate Jill Stein, President-elect Donald Trump weighed in with a statement of his own.
Unlike Conway, who directed much of her ire at Clinton, Trump seemed to be more upset at Stein and the Green Party. Labeling the recount as ridiculous, Trump also made it clear that he thinks Stein is just looking to profit off of the effort.
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.’
“It is important to point out that with the help of millions of voters across the country, we won 306 electoral votes on Election Day – the most of any Republican since 1988 – and we carried nine of 13 battleground states, 30 of 50 states, and more than 2,600 counties nationwide – the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
“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. All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.
“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.”
After Stein declared that she was going to look at recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, she began a fundraising campaign to pay for them. Questions were raised about whether all of the money would be spent on the recounts when the fine print was changed as well as the target amounts.
UPDATE – 7:37 p.m. ET: Trump decided to give the news his personal touch from his Twitter account:
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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