Trump: Re­count a scam

Calls it ‘sad’ that Clin­ton join­ing ef­fort

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Peoples

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. >> Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said Sun­day it’s “sad” Hil­lary Clin­ton is join­ing an ef­fort to force re­counts of votes from the Nov. 8 elec­tion in up to three cru­cial states.

Trump tweeted part of Clin­ton’s con­ces­sion speech, when she told sup­port­ers they must ac­cept that “Don­ald Trump is go­ing to be our pres­i­dent,” and snip­pets from her de­bate re­marks, when she as­sailed the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for re­fus­ing to say in ad­vance that he would ac­cept the Elec­tion Day ver­dict.

And it came on top of his say­ing it was a “scam” that Green Party nom­i­nee Jill Stein was re­vis­it­ing the vote count in Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia. Trump won Wis­con­sin and Penn­syl­va­nia, and as of Wed­nes­day, held a lead of al­most 11,000 votes in Michi­gan, with the re­sults await­ing state cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Mon­day.

Clin­ton leads the na­tional pop­u­lar vote by close to 2 mil­lion votes, but Trump won 290 elec­toral votes to Clin­ton’s 232, not count­ing Michi­gan. It takes 270 to win the pres­i­dency, and the three states in ques­tion could tip the elec­toral bal­ance to Clin­ton in the re­mote event that all flipped to her in re­counts.

Wis­con­sin of­fi­cials said Fri­day they were mov­ing for­ward with the first pres­i­den­tial re­count in state his­tory. Clin­ton joined the ef­fort Satur­day, with her cam­paign at­tor­ney Marc Elias say­ing, “We in­tend to par­tic­i­pate in or­der to en­sure the process pro­ceeds in a man­ner that is fair to all sides.”

Elias said Clin­ton would take the same ap­proach in Penn­syl­va­nia and Michi­gan if Stein were to fol­low through with re­count re­quests in those states.

Trump se­nior ad­viser Kellyanne Con­way noted that the pres­i­dent-elect hadn’t ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of pur­su­ing a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of state, even if Trump in­di­cated he’d rather move past the is­sue.

“He’s been in­cred­i­bly gra­cious

and mag­nan­i­mous to Sec­re­tary Clin­ton at a time when, for what­ever rea­son, her folks are say­ing they will join in a re­count to try to some­how undo the 70-plus elec­toral votes that he beat her by,” Con­way said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders, a Clin­ton ri­val dur­ing the Demo­cratic pri­mary turned ally dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion, de­fended the re­count ef­fort, telling CNN that lead­ers in both par­ties com­monly re­quest them. “No one ex­pects there to be pro­found change, but there’s noth­ing wrong with go­ing through the process,” he said.

He also sug­gested he would sup­port a change to the na­tion’s elec­toral col­lege sys­tem, which al­lowed Trump to win the pres­i­dency de­spite lag­ging in the pop­u­lar vote.

“We have one can­di­date who got 2 mil­lion more votes than the other can­di­date and she is not go­ing to be sworn in as pres­i­dent,” San­der said. “And I think on the sur­face that’s a lit­tle bit weird.”

Trump had been pay­ing lit­tle if any at­ten­tion to the re­count push by Stein, who has raised mil­lions of dol­lars for the ef­fort since draw­ing a mere 1 per­cent of the vote na­tion­ally. But Clin­ton’s stance changed his tune.

“Hil­lary Clin­ton con­ceded

the elec­tion when she called me just prior to the vic­tory speech and af­ter the re­sults were in,” Trump tweeted on Sun­day. “Noth­ing will change.”

He quoted from her con­ces­sion speech — “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead” — and he con­cluded: “So much time and money will be spent same re­sult! Sad.”

Trump, who re­peat­edly chal­lenged the in­tegrity of the U.S. elec­tion sys­tem be­fore his win, ear­lier called the re­count push “a scam by the Green Party for an elec­tion that has al­ready been con­ceded.”

Trump was ex­pected to re­turn to New York on Sun­day af­ter spend­ing the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day week­end at his West Palm Beach es­tate. His tran­si­tion team said the pres­i­dent-elect had sched­uled a series of meet­ings Mon­day with prospec­tive

ad­min­is­tra­tion hires.

Among the jobs Trump has still yet to fill: sec­re­tary of state.

In­ter­nal divi­sion over the po­si­tion again spilled out into the open on Sun­day as Con­way said she had per­sonal con­cerns with the pos­si­bil­ity of Mitt Rom­ney serv­ing as the na­tion’s top diplo­mat. For­mer New York City Mayor Rudy Gi­u­liani and Ten­nessee Sen. Bob Corker are among other prospects.

Con­way noted that Rom­ney and his al­lies reg­u­larly at­tacked Trump dur­ing the cam­paign.

“I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure we have to

pay for that with the sec­re­tary of state po­si­tion,” she said.

Trump’s in­com­ing chief of staff, GOP Chair­man Reince Priebus, ac­knowl­edged that a Rom­ney pick would rep­re­sent “a team of ri­vals con­cept.”

That pos­si­bil­ity, Priebus told “Fox News Sun­day,” should tell the pub­lic that Trump wants to “put the best pos­si­ble peo­ple to­gether for all Amer­i­cans, no mat­ter who you are, what your re­li­gion — what­ever your opin­ion is, he wants to move for­ward look­ing through the wind­shield and not the rearview mir­ror.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues on the pres­i­den­tial re­view­ing stand on Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue in Wash­ing­ton, look­ing to­ward the White House and the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment.

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