Re­count a scam: Trump

> Pres­i­dent-elect de­mands re­spect for his elec­tion win

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump called a re­count of votes be­ing pre­pared in Wis­con­sin a scam, in­sist­ing Satur­day that his pres­i­den­tial win should be re­spected, not “chal­lenged and abused.”

The re­count, which was re­quested by Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein, who re­ceived a minute frac­tion of the to­tal vote, flew in the face of an elec­tion “that has al­ready been con­ceded”, Trump said.

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign said it would join the re­count although it has not seen any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties so far in the White House con­test won by Trump.

Marc Erik Elias, an elec­tion lawyer for the Demo­cratic can­di­date, said in a post on Medium.com that the cam­paign would also par­tic­i­pate in re­counts in the closely con­tested states of Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia if they are ar­ranged.

He has also an­nounced plans to seek re­counts in those states.

In a state­ment, Trump as­serted that “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.’”

Trump won Michi­gan, Penn­syl­va­nia and Wis­con­sin by a to­tal of just over 100,000 votes. The ra­zor-thin vic­to­ries in those states pushed him above the 270 votes needed for vic­tory in the Elec­toral Col­lege.

“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,” he said.

Elias, the Clin­ton coun­sel, said that “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”.

“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.”

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the Clin­ton cam­paign plans to take part in the re­count. – AFP

Po­lice show seized items in­clud­ing weapons and bomb­mak­ing ma­te­ri­als, that they say were in­tended for use to at­tack govern­ment build­ings and the Myan­mar em­bassy, at po­lice head­quar­ters in Jakarta on Fri­day.

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