Trump calls state elec­tion re­count a ‘scam’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump called a re­count of votes be­ing pre­pared in Wis­con­sin a scam, in­sist­ing 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”, Mr 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.

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

Ms Stein has also an­nounced plans to seek re­counts in those two states.

In a state­ment, Mr 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”.

Mr Trump, the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, 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 we won 306 elec­toral votes on Elec­tion Day – the most of any Repub­li­can since 1988,” Mr Trump said.

“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.”

How­ever, dur­ing the cam­paign Mr Trump him­self threat­ened to re­ject the re­sult if he lost, al­leg­ing that the race was “rigged” by the me­dia and the es­tab­lish­ment elite.

Mr 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,” he added.

Al­though ex­perts say there is no chance of over­turn­ing the fi­nal re­sult, the re­counts could reignite de­bate over the le­git­i­macy of Mr Trump’s elec­tion, al­ready fu­elled by Ms Clin­ton’s lead in the pop­u­lar vote, which now stands at more than two mil­lion.

Ms Clin­ton lost by around 20,000 votes in Wis­con­sin, 70,000 votes in Penn­syl­va­nia and 10,000 votes in Michigan.

Mr Elias noted that Mr Trump’s 10,000-vote lead in Michigan “well ex­ceeds the largest mar­gin ever over­come in a re­count”.

Mr Elias said the Clin­ton cam­paign had been con­duct­ing its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the elec­tion re­sults af­ter re­ceiv­ing “hun­dreds of mes­sages, emails, and calls urg­ing us to do some­thing, any­thing, to in­ves­ti­gate claims that the elec­tion re­sults were hacked and al­tered in a way to dis­ad­van­tage Sec­re­tary Clin­ton”.

But he said they had seen no ev­i­dence so far the elec­tion re­sults had been ma­nip­u­lated in Trump’s favour.

Ms Stein has cited un­spec­i­fied “anom­alies” as grounds to mount a chal­lenge to the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion re­sults in Michigan, Penn­syl­va­nia and Wis­con­sin.

“Af­ter a di­vi­sive and painful pres­i­den­tial race, re­ported hacks into voter and party data­bases and in­di­vid­ual email ac­counts are caus­ing many Amer­i­cans to won­der if our elec­tion re­sults are re­li­able,” Ms Stein said.

She told CNN that “go­ing into this elec­tion, and through­out the elec­tion, we saw hack­ing tak­ing place all over the place, of state voter data­bases, of the demo­cratic party’s vote data­base, of pri­vate e-mail ac­counts. This was a hack-rid­dled elec­tion.” –

Photo: AFP

Don­ald Trump says his win should be re­spected, not chal­lenged.

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